• Troopers: 14-year-old killed after driver loses control, hits tree

    By: Catherine Bilkey


    SALISBURY, N.C. - A teenager was thrown from a car and killed Sunday morning in Rowan County, according to troopers.

    Troopers said a convertible car was speeding, the driver lost control, hitting a tree on Goodnight Road near Salisbury.

    Eric Soto, 14, died at the scene.

    Soto hasn’t officially been identified by troopers, but those who knew him told Eyewitness News about the boy.

    “He always talked about his dreams and what he wanted to do when he got older,” wrestling coach John Kincaid said.

    He’s deeply saddened that Soto’s life was cut short.

    Charles Love was one of the first people to see if the crash victims were OK.

    “I see a body lying in the road,” Love said.

    He said it wasn’t long before the boy’s family showed up at the scene. They were in shock.

    “He asked me is my boy alright,” Love said. “I say, ‘Your son’s not moving. I hate to tell you.’”

    The tragic news has spread quickly in Rowan County. The 14-year-old was a middle school wrestler. One of his coach’s came out to see where it happened and pay his respects to a kid who had his full respect.

    “Just a great kid, hard worker. Always at practice. Always energetic. Just a good kid,” Kincaid said.

    Monday will be the first wrestling match without Soto. His teammates are just learning about the crash.

    “I just pray God gives me the answers to give to them,” Kincaid said.

    Troopers told Eyewitness News the driver of the vehicle has been arrested, but did not say what the charges will be.

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