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Charges filed in death of woman and her 3-year-old son killed in east Charlotte crash

Charges were filed after a woman and her son were killed on Friday morning in a four-vehicle wreck in east Charlotte.

Alicia Shanell Mcfarland, 27, and her 3-year-old son died when a van that was sideswiped by another driver hit their car head-on in the 200 block of Eastway Drive, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

Police charged Montressa Gray, the 22-year-old driver of the car that police said sideswiped the van, with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle. Gray is free on $10,000 bail, jail records show.

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Montressa Gray

Gray was northbound on Eastway heading toward North Tryon Street when she changed lanes and hit the van, according to police. She was not hurt.

The impact hurled the van across the center double-yellow dividing line and head-on into Mcfarland's southbound car, police said. A pickup truck also hit Mcfarland's car, according to police.

Everyone else had minor injuries, police said.

While the toddler's child seat was installed properly, the boy was not restrained in the seat, according to police.

The wreck happened shortly after 7:30 a.m. Police closed Eastway Drive between North Tryon Street and The Plaza for several hours to investigate the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 704-432-2169.

LaVendrick Smith: @LaVendrickS