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12-7-2019 | 9:47 PM | CHARLOTTE,NC— UPDATE: Charlotte-Mekclenburg Police say 23-year old Celeste Leveaux Lytle was driving a 1996 Saturn SL1 when she lost control and ran off the road. The preliminary investigation indicates that the Saturn was traveling west on Wilkinson Boulevard at a high rate of speed. The Saturn was traveling too fast to negotiate a curve in the roadway and the vehicle’s driver’s side tires struck the concrete median. The vehicle then slid out of control and travelled off the right side of the road, striking both a utility pole and a tree. Excessive speed is a contributing factor in this crash and impairment is suspected.

ORIGINAL STORY: At 9:47p.m., on Saturday December 7, 2019 a violent crash claimed the life of a driver in Southwest Charlotte. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Fire Department, & Mecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC) responded to the crash in front of 4150 Wilkinson Boulevard.

Charlotte Firefighters arrived on scene and found a vehicle that had crashed and wrapped around a tree. The driver of the sedan was trapped inside the vehicle following the violent crash. The vehicle crashed in front of the Freedom Division Office of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Paramedics pronounced the driver who was the sole occupant deceased a short time later at the scene. The accident scene was 3 miles from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Wilkinson Boulevard was shutdown while CMPD Major Crash Detectives and Crime Scene Technicians investigated.

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