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Police: rain, alcohol were factors in S. Charlotte wreck

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

One person was killed when he lost control of his classic car on rain-slickened roads in west Charlotte on Sunday, police say.

Investigators identified the dead man as Demond Cedric Strothers, 32. They say speed and alcohol use may have been factors in the crash, as well as the heavy rains.

The collision happened at the intersection of Arrowood and Nations Ford Roads in South Charlotte just before 3 p.m.

Strothers was headed west on Arrowood Road when he lost control of the 1966 Mustang he was driving on the wet roadway. The vehicle slid across the double-yellow line divider and struck a Honda Accord driven by a 22-year-old man.

The driver of the Honda and his passengers were all transported by paramedics to Carolina’s Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police encourage anyone with information on the wreck to 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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