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Cause of deadly Eastway accident still unknown

Police on Monday said they are still working to determine what caused a three-car accident that left two people dead Saturday night in east Charlotte.

So far no charges have been filed in connection with the collision or the deaths. Investigators said they are still trying to determine who was at fault.

The wreck happened just before midnight on Eastway Drive near Central Avenue. Police say that a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu struck the left rear of a 2002 Honda Odyssey in front of it, then swerved into oncoming traffic, striking a 1996 Ford Explorer that was traveling north on Eastway Drive.

During the wreck, the Malibu rolled onto its roof and ejected four of its passengers. Ashley Gilliam and Deborah Bakashika, who were sitting in the back of the Malibu, were both pronounced dead at the scene. Another rear-seat passenger, Perla Kapinga, was sent to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Malibu, 22-year-old Demarus Reid, the driver of the Explorer, and the driver and three passengers in the Odyssey had minor injuries, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Detective M.A. Sammis, who is leading the investigation, said Monday that he would not discuss what he believes to be the cause of the crash.

Police say alcohol was not a factor in the collision. Investigators encourage anyone who witnessed the crash or has information to call 704-336-8862.

Burley: 704-358-5085
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