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Cab driver killed in Charlotte wreck; other driver faces DWI charge

A cab driver was killed early Friday in a crash that police say was caused by a 23-year-old man who was driving under the influence.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say Justin Tyler Miller, whose driver’s license already was suspended for a DWI arrest last month in Huntersville, was behind the wheel of a 2008 BMW that crashed into a taxi at about 2 a.m.

The collision occurred on East Woodlawn Road near Montford Drive, not far from Park Road Shopping Center.

Police had not released the name of the cab driver by Friday night, saying they were trying to reach relatives.

According to detectives, the cab driver was on Montford Drive and trying to turn left onto East Woodlawn Road. Police say the driver’s 2008 Ford Crown Victoria cab was struck broadside by an eastbound BMW. Investigators say they believe the driver of the BMW was speeding.

The BMW driver, identified by police as Miller, allegedly jumped from his vehicle and ran after the crash. He was caught a short time later by police.

The cab driver, who police say was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle.

The victim died while being taken by Medic to Carolinas Medical Center.

Miller and a 24-year-old passenger in his car were treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

Police say Miller is charged with felony death by vehicle, felony hit and run, DWI and driving with a revoked license.

Alcohol and speed were factors in the crash, according to police Sgt. David Sloan of the CMPD Crash Investigation Unit.

Woodlawn Road was closed for several hours but was reopened by police about 6 a.m.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107
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