Details emerge in S. Charlotte wreck that killed woman

Details emerge in S. Charlotte wreck that killed woman


by Staff

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 3:53 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 20-year-old woman was killed in a multi-vehicle wreck that left two others injured and closed a busy south Charlotte street Tuesday afternoon.

The accident took place around 4:15 p.m. in the 6900 block of Ardrey Kell Road between Tom Short and Providence roads.

Police said a 2002 Mercedes ML320 driven by Brittany Osorio crossed the center line heading west on Ardrey Kell Road and sideswiped a 2002 Toyota Tacoma driven by Leopoldo Camacho, 40, who traveling in the opposite direction.

After hitting the Tacoma, police said Osorio crashed head-on with a 2012 Toyota Sequoia driven by Robert Matuszak, 63.

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Police said Osorio was flown to Carolinas Medical Center where she died just after 7:30 p.m.

Camacho and Matuszak were taken by ambulance to CMC-Pineville and are expected to recover. 

Osorio, of Mint Hill, went to Butler High School, and investigators said they have no reason to believe alcohol played a role in the crash.

She was on her way to meet a friend less than a mile from the crash scene, and investigators are working to see if distractions like the bright sun or texting contributed to the incident.

Matuszak is from Indiana and was visiting his daughter in Fort Mill.  He is recovering at her house, a family member said.

Comacho's wife said her husband was driving home from a soccer match in Monroe and remains shaken up with head and back injuries.

Dangerous Road?

Dr. Jeong Pil Park lives at a subdivision not far from the crash site.  He said he has been concerned about the excessive speeds of drivers along the busy road, which forces residents to increase their speeds.

"It's 45 miles per hour...but people drive throughout 55 to 60. Even neighbors, when they go out, they go out fast," said Dr. Park. 

He says the accident has renewed his desire to get the city to force speeders to slow down.  He says he and his neighbors have voiced their concern but never acted on it. 

But North Carolina Department of Transportation crash data shows that within the last five years there have been fewer than 10 accidents on the road.

CMPD says they have not investigated a fatal crash there until now.