A 23-year-old man has been charged in connection with a fatal wreck in Gaston County that left an 11-year-old boy dead.
Three other people also were injured in the Wednesday evening wreck, according to officials.
The crash happened just after 6 p.m. on Pinhook Loop Road near Cabin Street. Police said a Ford Explorer was traveling at high speed when it ran off the road.
The vehicle hit a pole on the passenger side and landed on its roof. Investigators said no one in the SUV was wearing a seat belt.
The 11-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Three other passengers, only identified as females, were ejected from the vehicle and seriously injured.
The driver of the SUV, 23-year-old Jason Eugene Pruitt, was arrested and charged with felony involuntary manslaughter, misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, two counts of child abuse, careless and reckless driving, driving without a license and not wearing a seat belt.
The names of the boy and the others injured have not been released.