One person died in a fatal crash that occurred just before 2 a.m. Wednesday on the eastbound John Belk Freeway near Independence Boulevard.
The victim was identified as William James Blottman, age 16.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said a 2005 Toyota Avalon struck the crash barrier for a concrete pillar that supports the East 7th Street Bridge. Medic staff pronounced the driver dead at the scene. No one else was in the vehicle, officials said.
A preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle was traveling east on John Belk Freeway at a high rate of speed before losing control and striking the pillar. The driver was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, police said. Speed appears to be a contributing circumstance.