Man ejected, burned in fiery, fatal West Blvd. crash

Man ejected, burned in fiery, fatal West Blvd. crash

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 8:26 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A fiery crash on West Boulevard Monday afternoon left one man dead and another injured.

Around 3 o'clock Monday afternoon, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Major Crash Unit responded to a wreck in the 5600 block of West Boulevard, near the intersection with Arff Road.

CMPD says the driver of a 1979 Pontiac Grand Prix was traveling inbound on West Boulevard when he lost control of his vehicle. The Grand Prix slid into the path of a 2007 Nissan Xterra driven by Marco Perez Cesped. The Xterra t-boned the Grand Prix, police say.

The driver of the Grand Prix, who has not been identified, was ejected from the vehicle.

The impact of the crash prompted the Grand Prix's gas tank to rupture, leading to a small brush fire.

The driver of the Grand Prix was severely burned, authorities say, and was airlifted from the scene.

Just before 4 p.m., police say the driver of the Grand Prix succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the crash. His identity has not been released pending identification and the notification of next of kin.

Speed appears to have been a factor in the crash, CMPD 's Major Crash Unit says; drug and alcohol use was not evident.

Cesped sustained minor injuries in the crash. Police say he was wearing a seat belt; the driver of the Grand Prix was not.

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