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Moped driver dies in head-on crash in east Charlotte

A moped driver from Charlotte was killed Saturday morning when he was struck by a car that crossed the center line, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

Investigators said the car was speeding through a residential neighborhood and was driven by an under-age juvenile who did not have a driver license.

The crash claimed the life of 35-year-old John Matthew Johnson, police said. Authorities did not release the name of the car driver because he is a juvenile.

According to police, Johnson was driving a 2011 TaoTao Duster in the 5900 block of Wallace Avenue about 8:30 a.m., headed toward W.T. Harris Boulevard. A 2005 Ford Focus being driven in the opposite direction crossed the center line entering a curve and struck the scooter.

The scooter’s driver, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown about 100 feet and died at the scene. The driver of the car was treated for minor injuries at Novant Presbyterian Hospital.

Investigators said excessive speed and reckless driving contributed to the wreck. They said the Ford was being driven more than 50 mph in a neighborhood with a 25 mph speed limit. Drug and/or alcohol use are not suspected, police said.

The juvenile was charged with involuntary manslaughter and was taken to a juvenile detention center in Gaston County. Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact detectives at 704-432-2169 or leave information with Crime Stoppers, 704-334-1600.

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