Thursday, February 7, 2008

One killed, 2 injured in accident

One killed, 2 injured in accident

The Charlotte Observer

One man is dead and another suffered life-threatening injuries Friday after their car collided with a pickup truck pulling a utility trailer, authorities said.

Timothy Whitaker, 25, of Salisbury was driving a Ford Mustang out of a Denver subdivision when it collided with the truck at Grassy Creek Road, said N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper D.R. Lane.

The Mustang slid across the road and crashed into a tree about 90 feet away, Lane said. The impact spun the car around, he said, and slammed it into a nearby tree.

The passenger in the Mustang, 27-year-old Devon W. Norton of South Carolina, was pronounced dead when the Denver Fire Department arrived minutes later, Lane said.

The impact of the wreck pinned Whitaker in the car, according to a press release issued by the Denver Fire Department, and he had to be pried out of the vehicle.

Whitaker was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. His condition was not available.

The driver of the truck, 30-year-old David Young, was within a mile of his Denver home when the crash happened, Lane said. Young was taken to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center by ambulance and was released Friday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Lane said the N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the accident and charges had not been filed.

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