CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One person is dead and five are injured after a driver ran a red light in west Charlotte early Sunday morning.
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, 24-year-old Roberto Juarez Ruiz was driving a black 2012 Dodge Charger traveling west on West Boulevard from the area of Old Steele Creek Road at a high rate of speed.
When Ruiz approached a traffic signal on Billy Graham Parkway, he drive through the intersection with a red light, CMPD said. When he went through the intersection, his car struck the passenger side of a black 2004 BMW driven by 18-year-old Zandria Lumanu Sapu.
Sapu's vehicle traveled into the southbound lanes of Billy Graham Parkway and struck a grey 2013 Dodge Avenger driven by 43-year-old Damion Levall Wyke. As Sapu's car struck the Avenger, it came to rest against a white 2013 Nissan operated by 32-year-old Jonathan Ryan Davis.
According to authorities, Sapu was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Destani Breanna May, 18, was the front seat passenger in Sapu's car. She was also transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead at 2:49 a.m. due to the injuries she sustained from the crash. Wyke and a passenger in the vehicle were also transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Ruiz was also transported to the hospital with minor injury.
After an investigation, CMPD said Sapu was charged with driving after consumption under the age of 21. Ruiz was charged with driving under the influence, felony death by motor vehicle and driving without a license.
"Speed and alcohol are contributing factors for the Black 2012 Dodge Charger driven by Roberto Juarez Ruiz," CMPD said.