Uber driver killed in head-on collision with drunken driver in south Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An Uber driver was killed by a drunken driver Saturday night in south Charlotte.

Juan Octavio Reyes, 31, was driving on Runnymede Lane near Selwyn Elementary School when police said 39-year-old Jimmy Gallarday caused the crash.

Police said Gallarday was speeding and crashed into Reyes head-on.

Police said Gallarday was under the influence of alcohol.

(Juan Octavio Reyes)

Investigators say Reyes, driving a 2010 Ford Escape, was traveling north on Runnymede Lane while Gallarday, in a 2006 Subaru, was traveling south.

Investigators said Gallarday crossed the double-yellow line and hit Reyes' car.

Reyes was pronounced dead at the scene.

Reyes was reportedly working for Uber at the time of the crash. His customer in the front seat was taken to the hospital, but is expected to be okay.

A passenger in Gallarday's vehicle was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

(Jimmy Gallarday)

Gallarday was arrested and charged with felony death by vehicle and two counts of felony serious injury by vehicle.

Gallarday is expected to face a judge for the first time Tuesday morning.

Uber said it will work with police to provide any information needed for their investigation.

The accident caused the road to be closed for several hours.

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