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Charlotte driver dies after car hits tree and flips. Alcohol involved, police say.

Site of the fatal crash in north Charlotte that killed the driver and seriously injured a passenger.
Site of the fatal crash in north Charlotte that killed the driver and seriously injured a passenger.

A Charlotte motorist died early Tuesday after running off the road in north Charlotte and striking a tree, police said. Three passengers were in the car and one was seriously injured, police said.

The victim was identified as Kutana Vanessa Nesbitt, 44, and police said she was driving while impaired.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said the crash happened just after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of Atando Avenue, near Timeplanner Drive. Nesbitt died at the scene.

Passenger Brenda Jean Kearse was transported by Medic to a hospital with serious injuries. Two other passengers, Shakeela Monique Williams and Jermaine Lamont Walls, had minor injuries and were treated at the scene, police said.

The preliminary investigation indicates a Buick driven by Nesbitt was traveling east on Atando Avenue. As it entered a curved section of the road, it began to veer off the roadway to the right, striking the curb. It continued off the road, struck a tree and overturned, police said.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the major crash investigations unit at 704-432-2169.

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