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Driver charged with DWI in deadly east Charlotte crash

Medic said one person died and another suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash on East WT Harris Boulevard early Thursday morning.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One person was killed and another was seriously injured in a crash on East WT Harris Boulevard in east Charlotte Thursday morning, Medic. 

According to Charlotte DOT, the crash happened around 1:30 a.m. on East WT Harris between Grier Road and The Plaza. When Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers arrived at the scene, they found a 206 Maserati and 2015 Scion had been involved in the wreck. The driver of the Scion, identified as Estuardo Menchu Cocinero, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Maserati was rushed to a Charlotte hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Crash detectives determined the Maserati was traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver ran off the road, overcorrected and drove across the median before hitting the Scion head-on. The force of the collision forced both cars to the shoulder of the southbound lanes on WT Harris Boulevard. 

Police said speed nor impairment were considered contributing factors for the driver of the Scion. The driver of the Maserati, identified as Kevin Samkia, will be served warrants for felony death by motor vehicle, DWI and reckless driving. Samkia will be served those warrants upon his release from the hospital.

Samkia was released from the hospital on February 19 and was interviewed by detectives. After the interview, Samkia was formally charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, and reckless driving. 

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