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Police: Fatal Charlotte wreck went undetected for hours

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Police have released the name of a man involved in an overnight fatal wreck on Interstate 277 that went undetected until firefighters noticed a toppled utility pole early Sunday.

Tyjuan Demetrius Collins, 26, was found dead just outside uptown Charlotte, lying next to the battered Nissan Pathfinder he had been driving .

Police investigators say Collins’ Pathfinder was traveling on the inner loop of I-277 at an excessive speed in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

The SUV struck the utility pole, and then rolled over several times as it traveled down an embankment. Collins was ejected and landed next to the SUV.

The vehicle came to a rest in front of an office building at 321 West 11th Street.

Because the Pathfinder was in an unpopulated area, the wreck went undetected until nearly 7:30 a.m. Sunday, when the downed utility pole caught the attention of firefighters who were traveling by.

Investigators have notified Collins’ family. But police are still investigating the crash. Anyone with information on what happened can call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or the Major Crash Investigation Unit at 704-432-2169.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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