Driver of Maserati accused of causing crash that killed father of 2 arrested on several charges

CHARLOTTE — A man, who was injured in a deadly wreck on Feb. 4, was released from a hospital on Feb. 19 and arrested. Police said Kevin Samkia caused a head-on crash that left another driver dead in east Charlotte, authorities said.

According to police, Samkia was speeding northbound on East W.T. Harris Boulevard around 1:30 a.m. in a 2016 Maserati Ghibli S when he lost control of the car, ran off the road, overcorrected, and then drove through the grassy median into oncoming traffic, colliding head-on with a 2015 Scion FR-S driven by Luis Estuardo Menchu Cocinero.

The collision started a fire and Cocinero did not survive, police said. Family members told Channel 9 he leaves behind a wife and two young daughters.

A GoFundMePage was created to help the family with funeral expenses.

Samkia was arrested on warrants for felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired and reckless driving.

East W.T. Harris Boulevard was closed for hours between Grier Road and The Plaza because of the crash.

The westbound lanes were reopened just after 6 a.m. and the eastbound lanes were finally reopened shortly before 6:45 a.m.

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