A 14-year-old passenger in a speeding car died and the driver was in critical condition after their car veered off McKee Road in south Charlotte early Saturday and hit a tree, police said.
Joshua Jaewon Pang, the front-seat passenger in the 2004 Honda Accord, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
The driver, Seok Won Andrew Sung, 17, was in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Carolinas Medical Center.
Three 15-year-old girls were in the backseat. Two of the girls were in the hospital Saturday, one with serious injuries and the other with minor injuries, police said. The other girl was treated and released.
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None of the girls were wearing seat belts, while Pang and Sung were buckled up, police said.
Police said the car was traveling well above the 45-mph speed limit when it entered a slight curve to the right at about 4 a.m. in the 4100 block of McKee Road. The car was going too fast to make the curve, and Sung over-corrected and lost control, police said.
The car slid sideways, crossed the double yellow lane divider, ran off the road to the left onto grass and hit the tree on the passenger side, police said.
Speed appears to have caused the crash, police said. Neither alcohol nor other drugs contributed to the wreck, and no other vehicle was involved, police said.
Police said they are still determining whether Sung will be charged criminally. Police said Pang is believed to have been from Charlotte, along with the others in the car.