Drivers identified in Charlotte area crashes caused by icy roads


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Charlotte Fire Department spent their night handling several wrecks that happened in the Charlotte early Saturday morning- many of them caused by icy roads and rainy weather. 

Two people died after losing control of their vehicles and running into nearby trees, officials say. 

Around 5:30 a.m., officers were called to the 2400 block of Shopton Road near Ayrshire Glen Place where they located a 1998 Lincoln Town Car that had run off the roadway, went down an embankment and struck a tree. 

Medic pronounced the driver, 43-year-old Humberto Daumont Sanchez, dead on scene. His family has been made aware of his death. No other cars were involved in the crash. 

Police say icy road conditions was a factor in the crash. Sanchez was not under the influence and was not speeding. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Reibold at 704-432-2169.

Around 5:45 a.m., officers were called to a single-car wreck in the 1300 block of Westinghouse Blvd near Rodney Street where they found a 2000 Nissan Pathfinder that had traveled off the roadway and struck a tree. 

Medic pronounced Shane Dontwell Cornwell, 37, dead on scene. His family has also been notified of his death. 

Cornwell lost control on a bridge due to ice covering the road. He then ran off the left side of the road, causing his car to overturn and hit a tree. 

Authorities say he was wearing a seatbelt. Alcohol is not a contributing factor in this crash. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Gormican with the CMPD Major Crash Investigation Unit at 704-432-2169.

Medic reported there were a total of 129 traffic accidents since midnight. Some of the victims had life threatening injuries. Most had non-life threatening injuries. The victims were transported to area hospitals. 

Medic also says there were car accidents over bridges and overpasses in south Charlotte and Uptown. 

FOX 46 will continue to provide updates as more information develops. 


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