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Teen killed, CMS high school student charged after wreck

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

A teenager is dead and a student at Rocky River High School is charged with reckless driving and misdemeanor death by vehicle after the SUV they were in crashed Monday afternoon, authorities said.

Investigators have not released the name of the girl who was killed. She was 14. It was not immediately clear if she was also a student at the Mint Hill school.

Dayron Malcolm Warren, 18, was driving the 1994 Honda Passport SUV involved in the crash, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police news release. He was hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center-University with serious injuries and had not been booked into Mecklenburg County Jail late Monday.

Three other teenage boys in the SUV received minor injuries and were expected to be OK, according to police.

The wreck happened about 2:30 p.m. – about 15 minutes after the final bell at Rocky River – on Camp Stewart Road, near where Albemarle Road meets Interstate 485 in eastern Mecklenburg County. Investigators say Warren was driving around a curve and “was unable to navigate the curve safely and began over-correcting his steering.”

The SUV slid sideways, then flipped several times. Warren and the girl in the front passenger seat were ejected from the vehicle. Authorities did not say whether they wore seat belts.

According to the school’s website, Warren, a senior, is a defensive end on Rocky River’s varsity football team.

Police are still trying to piece together what happened in the crash. Investigators asked that any witnesses call Detective John Reibold at 704-432-2169. Staff writers Sergio Tovar and Langston Wertz contributed.

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