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Police charge student suspected of drinking alcohol in fatal wreck

An 18-year-old student faces manslaughter charges after the car she was driving slammed into a tree Wednesday night in east Charlotte, killing a passenger and seriously injuring the driver’s 11-month-old son.

Police say the driver had been drinking.

The driver, the passenger who died, and another passenger who survived were all students at Rocky River High School, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spokeswoman.

Police say Sydney Danice McDaniel was behind the wheel of a 1991 Honda Accord that was inbound on Pence Road shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators say McDaniel apparently lost control of the vehicle on a curve heading toward Hickory Grove Road.

Martha Estela Rosales, 15, who was sitting in the left-rear seat, was killed. McDaniel’s young son was injured and taken by Medic to Carolinas Medical Center. McDaniel and another passenger, an 18-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries and were treated at the hospital.

Police say McDaniel was arrested when she was released from the hospital. She has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving, driving after consuming (alcohol) while under 21 years old, fictitious tag on vehicle, child neglect, and possession of marijuana.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are on spring break this week. Classes resume Monday at Rocky River High, and a CMS spokeswoman said the system will have grief counselors available when students return to class next week.

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