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Speed, alcohol cited in wreck that kills Hickory teen

A 17-year-old Hickory High School student died Sunday in a one-car crash, and the teen driver has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle.

Hickory police say speed and alcohol were involved in the wreck at 7:40 p.m. in the 1100 block of Sixth Street NW.

David Arthur Engelmann, 17, was driving a 2006 Subaru Forester when it hit the curb and flipped several times, coming to rest in a grassy field, according to a news release from the Hickory Police Department. Neither he nor passenger Jay Brian Robertson II was wearing a seat belt, the release says.

Robertson was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Engelmann was treated and released from Catawba Valley Medical Center. In addition to the death by vehicle charge, he was charged with driving while impaired, possession of an open container, careless and reckless driving and driving after consuming by a provisional licensee. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bond.

Both were students at Hickory High, the Hickory Daily Record reports.

It was the third serious accident involving high school students in the Charlotte region since school started Aug. 25. Two West Charlotte High School students were hit by cars as they crossed Beatties Ford Road last week.

D’Nea Watson, 16, who was hospitalized with what were described as life-threatening injuries Friday, was upgraded to good condition at Carolinas Medical Center Monday.

Jennifer Crystal Tejeda, also 16, has been discharged after being hit Aug. 25 and spending most of the week in the hospital.

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