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North Carolina man accused of DWI in fatal crash in Matthews

Police in Matthews, North Carolina say that they are looking into what may have been involved in a fatal car accident on N.C. 51 Wednesday evening. Authorities say that the tragic crash happened around 9:30 p.m. Law enforcement has arrested one of the drivers involved in the accident on suspicion of driving while impaired and reckless driving charges. Authorities say that the 28-year-old Matthews, North Carolina man could face more charges, pending further investigation.

Officials say that the man was driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer northbound on Matthews Township Parkway, which is also N.C. 51, Wednesday. At the same time, a 62-year-old Charlotte woman was southbound on N.C. 51, with her daughter and two grandchildren in a Honda CRV. Police say that the Charlotte woman attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Independence Boulevard when her car was struck by the Trailblazer.

The two adult women were killed in the accident. Police say that the two children suffered minor injuries and were treated at a nearby hospital.

The man driving the Trailblazer was also hospitalized after the wreck, and will face charges related to the accident. Matthews Police reportedly continue to investigate the accident. Details remain sketchy. It is unclear from media reports what evidence of impairment law enforcement has found in the investigation.

The man accused of DWI in Wednesday's accident reportedly had previously been charged in Union County on DWI allegations in 2010. That case reportedly was dropped after the arresting officer was not able to appear in court.

Source: Charlotte Observer, "Driver charged after mother, daughter killed in U.S. 74/N.C. 51 wreck in Matthews," April Bethea and Cleve R. Wootson Jr, Dec. 27, 2012

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