• Man dies after crashing into tractor-trailer, tree on The Plaza

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A man died Sunday morning when his car struck a tractor-trailer and then crashed into a tree and a parked car on The Plaza in Charlotte.

    Police said 30-year-old Richard Andrew Brandon Cox, driving a Ford Mustang, hit a 2014 Volvo tractor-trailer and continued into the front yard of a nearby home and hit the tree, and was pronounced dead around 1 a.m.

    [RELATED: Officials identify victim in fatal Cabarrus County crash] 

    Police said excessive speed contributed to the crash. Cox was not wearing a seatbelt.

    The driver of the tractor-trailer remained on scene during the initial investigation. 

    Police shut down The Plaza between Anderson Street and Sugar Creek Road.

    The crash remains under investigation. 

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