A North Mecklenburg High football player was traveling about 10 mph over the 45-mph speed limit when he lost control around a curve and hit an oncoming car on McCoy Road in Huntersville on Aug. 1l, killing his girlfriend, En’Joneah Reel, a police report shows.
Kalvin Raquez McCollum, 17, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, careless and reckless driving and driving with no operator’s license, Huntersville police said on Tuesday after a lengthy investigation. McCollum turned himself in to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, was processed and released on $5,000 bail.
McCollum’s 1996 Saab ran off the right side of the road around a bend, according to the police report. McCollum over-corrected and crossed the center line, the report said.
The front-passenger side of the car, where 14-year-old En’Joneah was sitting, hit an oncoming car, according to a police diagram of the wreck. Medic pronounced En’Joneah dead at the scene. She would have celebrated her 15th birthday on Aug. 17.
The oncoming car was traveling at the speed limit, the police report shows.
McCollum has refused to be interviewed by police, Huntersville police Sgt. Nick Bruining told the Observer on Thursday.
En’ Joneah was a cheerleader and member of North Meck High’s track team. In May, she competed in the conference championships and finished fifth in the long jump, third in shot put and fourth in the 100 meter dash.
The wreck came a week before the start of the high school football season. It happened about 5 p.m. near Beatties Ford Road and McCoy Road.