Pineville police have identified the driver killed in Tuesday’s single-vehicle wreck near Carolina Place Mall as Mark Bradford, 34, of Champaign, Ill.
Bradford was staying in Pineville on a business trip, police said.
He was driving a four-door white Kia Sportage when the vehicle crashed in the 9900 block of Leitner Drive, off Pineville-Matthews Road, police said. The wreck happened about 12:30 a.m.
The car was charred, wedged up against a tree, according to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner.
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Bradford suffered fatal blunt force trauma injuries to his chest, and speed may have contributed to the wreck, police said. Toxicology results are pending, police Lt. S.C. Copley said.