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Overnight wrong-way wreck kills 1

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

A motorist was killed in an accident while driving the wrong way on the Brookshire Freeway early Sunday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

About 3:30 a.m., police responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on the Brookshire Freeway inner loop near North Davidson Street.

Cory Rodriguez Lee, the driver of a 2013 Honda Civic, was pronounced dead at the scene. Juan Manuel Diaz Zarante, the driver of a 2001 Dodge Caravan, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with minor injuries.

Police said that Lee, 36, was traveling the wrong direction on the freeway between Independence Boulevard and the North Davidson Street overpass when his car struck the Dodge Caravan head-on.

Zarante, 28, tried to avoid the crash, police said.

The wreck was under investigation Sunday. Detectives were trying to determine how Lee ended up traveling on the wrong side of Brookshire Freeway.

Police were also trying to determine whether impairment and speed were a factor in the crash. “It’s too early to tell until the medical examiner does the toxicology,” said Capt. J.D. Thomas.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Detective R.C. Gormican at 704-432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; Twitter: @earriero
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