2 dead in Charlotte wreck

A driver was charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle on Saturday after his car sped through a red light at Central Avenue and Seventh Street and was struck by another vehicle, killing two of his passengers, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Detective Kevin Allred said.

Ramos Villacorta, 80, and Flor Villacorta Margarita, 72, were pronounced dead at the scene by Medic.

Margarita was the front-seat passenger and Villacorta the right rear passenger in a 1999 Buick Lesabre driven by Larry Wayne Lynch, 53.

Allred said the car was speeding on Central Avenue toward North Kings Drive shortly after 11 a.m. when it ran the red light and was struck in the passenger side by a 2011 Chevrolet Impala heading outbound on Seventh Street.

Both vehicles then rotated in the roadway, and Lynch’s car drove off the left side of the road, down a slight embankment and into a parking lot. The rear of the car struck the front of a parked 2000 Chevrolet Suburban, Allred said.

Lynch, who suffered minor injuries, also was charged with reckless driving and a red light violation. He was jailed after his release from Carolinas Medical Center.

Another passenger in the car, Cristina Villacorta, 44, suffered minor injuries, as did the driver of the Impala, Ryan Charles McDonnell, 18.

Alcohol wasn’t a factor, Allred said.

Any witnesses to the crash are asked to call police Detective Matthew Sammis at (704) 336-8862.

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