Police: Speed a factor in deadly crash

Speed was a factor in a northwest Charlotte crash Sunday afternoon that left a woman dead, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

Investigators identified the dead woman as Melanie Scott Felts, 32, of Charlotte.

The crash happened around 2 p.m. at 3514 Kelly Road. That’s near where Interstate 485 meets Brookshire Boulevard.

Felts was driving a 1994 Volvo station wagon. As she turned onto Kelly Road, police said, the station wagon ran off the side of the street. The car sideswiped a tree, struck a mailbox, then hit a large tree head-on and caught fire.

Paramedics pronounced Felts dead at the scene.

Investigators say Felts was speeding, but they don’t know whether alcohol was also a factor in the crash.

This crash is under investigation by the Major Crash Investigation Unit of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.

Police ask anyone who saw what happened to call Detective Matthew Sammis at 704-336-8862.