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18-year-old charged in Charlotte crash; 1 dead, 4 hurt

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    Charlotte-Mecklenburg police released this photo of a white pickup truck that some witnesses said might have played a role in a fatal crash Wednesday night in south Charlotte. Police say they found the truck and its driver overnight, but they aren't sure if the vehicle was involved. (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police photo.)
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    - WCNC-TV
    The crash happened Wednesday evening in the 2100 block of Sharon Road West.

An 18-year-old has been charged in connection with a south Charlotte hit-and-run crash Wednesday evening that killed a 19-year-old woman and left four others, including three young children, seriously injured.

The driver turned himself in to authorities after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police released a photo of the pickup truck he was driving and asked for the public’s help in finding the vehicle.

Police say Uriel Eduardo Flores was charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony hit and run. Flores has no record of previous arrests in Mecklenburg County.

Killed in the crash was Shaquise Sharvelle Bush of Charlotte.

It is not clear what role Flores and his white truck played in the crash, but at least one witness told detectives the truck was involved.

Police say Bush was driving a 2002 Mercury Sable that crashed into a utility pole shortly after 6 p.m. in the 2200 block of Sharon Road West near Hopeton Road. Another woman and three children were passengers in the car.

Charlotte fire Capt. Rob Brisley said it took a crew of 26 firefighters about 30 minutes to free the victims from the wreck.

Police investigators say it appears that speed was a factor in the crash, but they say alcohol was not involved.

A 21-year-old woman riding in the front passenger seat was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with what police call “serious” injuries. The three children were riding in the back seat.

Police say a 3-year-old boy was taken to Carolinas Medical Center and is in critical condition. Two young girls, ages 18 months and 22 months, were taken to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries, police say.

Investigators ask that anyone who might have seen the crash or have information about it call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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