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Son killed, father injured in southwest Charlotte crash on I-77

Site of the fatal crash Sunday in Interstate 77 in southwest Charlotte.
Site of the fatal crash Sunday in Interstate 77 in southwest Charlotte.

A teenager was killed and his father was seriously injured Monday afternoon in a crash on Interstate 77.

The crash happened just before 2 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the interstate near Westinghouse Boulevard in southwest Charlotte, according to the state Highway Patrol.

The father, 46-year-old Richard Freeman, lost control of his Mazda. It struck multiple guardrails and a speed limit sign before coming to rest near bushes, trooper Ray Pierce told the Observer.

Medic pronounced Freeman's son, 13-year-old Justice Freeman, dead at the scene. The father was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in critical condition.

A witness told Medic the car was speeding before the crash, according to the highway patrol. That witness left the scene before troopers arrived, Pierce said.

The vehicle's speed is being calculated by the Highway Patrol and will be available when an official report on the crash is released, Pierce said.


Correction

An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed Justice Freeman's age. He was 13 years old.

LaVendrick Smith: @LaVendrickS
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