ROWANCOUNTY, N.C. -- Authorities say speed is to blame in a fatal accident Sunday morning in Rowan County.

Around 9 a.m., North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to a single vehicle accident on Goodnight Road.

Officials say the driver of the vehicle exceeded the posted speed limit and struck a tree.

The 14-year-old passenger, a Hispanic boy, died on the scene.

Charges are pending, authorities say.

NC Highway Patrol is investigating.

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