A driver of a stolen Honda Accord died Wednesday morning when the speeding car hit two trees along the entrance ramp from Interstate 77 to the North Carolina Welcome Center, police said.
Donald D. Angelo Dixon, 35, appears to have been traveling too fast to negotiate a curve. The car ran off the right side of the road and hit a tree and light pole before going airborne, police said. The car hit a second tree while airborne, according to police.
Dixon was not wearing a seat belt, and it is unknown if he was impaired, police said. Medic pronounced him dead at the scene.
The wreck happened at about 8:20 a.m., three hours after the car had been reported stolen in Charlotte, police said. The car also was involved in a hit-and-run at about 7:45 a.m. in Charlotte.
Dixon had about 20 criminal convictions over the years for drug and other offenses including possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting an officer, vehicle larceny and being an habitual offender, according to court records. He was arrested on Sunday on charges of shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree trespass, jail records show
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Detective Gormican at 704-432-2169.