CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The driver in a north Charlotte crash that killed a man was arrested Tuesday.
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, officers responded to a 911 call referencing a crash at the intersection of North Tryon Street and Austin Drive a little before 2 a.m. on July 21. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a 2013 Dodge Challenger on its roof. Police said the vehicle was traveling along Austin Drive when the driver veered off the road and struck a tree. the vehicle then flipped before coming to a rest in a parking lot.
Investigators said the passenger of the vehicle, Curtis E. Saunders, 23, was pronounced dead the scene.
The driver of the car, identified as 23-year-old Benjamin James Graves, was seriously injured and taken to CMC. Detectives have charged Graves with Driving While Impaired. The passenger that was killed has not been identified. On August 8, Graves was arrested and charged with reckless driving.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.