Officials: Racing led to crash that killed Charlotte toddler

Officials: Racing led to crash that killed Charlotte toddler

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 7:20 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 2-year-old boy was killed and three others were hurt after two racing vehicles collided early Saturday morning on Interstate 77 in Charlotte, authorities say. 

Just after 1 a.m. on Saturday, North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the accident near West Boulevard, where officials say the racing vehicles hit one another and then slammed into a guardrail. 

Officials say three people were taken with life-threatening injuries to Carolinas Medical Center, and 2-year-old Trevon Nichols died as a result of the crash.

Randall Battiste, 20, of Charlotte, the driver of one of the racing vehicles was ejected in the crash. 

Kelvin Nichols, 22, of York, was the driver of the second car, was also injured. His passenger, the deceased toddler's mother, 22-year-old Tiesha Baldwin suffered injuries in the collision. 

Troopers say both Battiste and Nichols had alcohol in their system, and the three surviving victims are recovering in the hospital. Authorities say Baldwin and Nichols are both in fair condition. A condition for Battiste was not available. 

The incident shut down northbound I-77 near mile marker 8 for just over two-and-a-half hours Saturday morning. 

NC Highway Patrol says the racing vehicles were both Mitsubishi Eclipse sportscars. 

No charges have been filed as of yet, but officials say charges will be filed. 

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