Teen killed in head-on collision in Concord

Teen killed in head-on collision in Concord

Teen killed in head-on collision in Concord

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by MEGHAN COOKE & APRIL BETHEA / Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on May 19, 2012 at 8:51 PM

CONCORD, N.C. -- A 17-year-old was killed and four others injured, authorities said, after the teen fled from an officer and crashed head-on into two vehicles on a Concord street Friday night.

Joshua Mark Stanish died at the scene on Cox Mill Road, not far from Concord Mills Mall, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol. He lived in Charlotte, records show.

The incident began around 10:20 p.m. Friday when a Concord police officer tried to stop Stanish, who was driving a Mitsubishi Galant near the intersection of Concord Mills Boulevard and Derita Road.

Concord police said the officer tried to pull Stanish over for a traffic violation, but authorities have not yet described the nature of the alleged violation.

But Stanish fled, authorities said, driving less than a mile away onto Cox Mill Road. Then he crashed into a GMC Denali and a Toyota Camry driving in the opposite direction near Edenbury Drive.

Stanish, who had no passengers in his car, was pronounced dead at the scene. Trooper Shane

Furr said investigators believe Stanish was driving at about 75 mph at the time of the crash.

Paramedics took two people with injuries described as not life threatening to Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord. Two others were airlifted to CMC in Charlotte with serious injuries.

An update on their conditions wasn’t immediately available Saturday.

Furr said the Highway Patrol is working with Concord police to investigate the wreck. It’s unclear whether Stanish was being chased when he crashed.

“Based off what we know, we don’t see any criminal wrongdoing by the officer,” Furr said. “He was within the scope of what he’s allowed to do.”



 

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