Storms likely played role in Concord crash that killed 2 friends, police say

CONCORD, N.C. — Two teenage friends died Monday in a crash on Concord Parkway South, police said, noting that rainy conditions likely played a role in the wreck.

The single-vehicle crash happened shortly after 6 p.m.

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J’Kaiya McClendon, 18, was behind the wheel when the car went off the road and flipped onto its roof, landing in a creek near the roadway.

McClendon and her front seat passenger, Brianna Pfifer, 19, of Concord, died at the scene. Three other people in the vehicle were able to get out and were treated for minor injuries, officials said.

Channel 9′s Ken Lemon spoke with Pfifer’s cousin, Bre Allison, and a friend, Nyasia Alexander, who both said they were heartbroken about what happened.

“I’m trying to put the pieces together ‘cause nothing really makes sense on how it happened,” Alexander said.

Concord police believe heavy rain from thunderstorms contributed to the crash. When the car landed upside down, authorities said some people managed to crawl out, but they couldn’t help Pfifer and McClendon.

Brianna Pfifer and J’Kaiya McClendon.

Pfifer was a mother with a young child.

“She is so beautiful and she has a beautiful baby,” Allison said.

The girls said Pfifer and McClendon were really close. McClendon was driving Pfifer’s car when they wrecked.

“They was always together,” Alexander said.

No criminal charges are expected.

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