22-year-old man dies after running off road, striking tree

- A 22-year-old man was killed Sunday evening after running his vehicle off of the road and crashing into a tree in northeast Charlotte, police said. 

The crash happened just before 6 p.m. Sunday, July 31 in the 10900 block of Mallard Creek Road. 

Upon arrival, CMPD officers found a 2004 Ford Mustang off the road, against a tree. The driver, Brandon Les Bowen, 22, was pronounced dead on scene by Medic. The front seat passenger, Kali Cheyenne Forsythe, 20, was transported to CMC with serious injuries. 

The initial investigation revealed Bowen was traveling northeast on Mallard Creek Road. According to witnesses, the Mustang was traveling above the speed limit and passing other vehicles in the center lane.

Bowen lost control of the Mustang and slid off the roadway to the right. The Mustang then struck a tree in the front yard of 10908 Mallard Creek Road. 

Excessive speed is suspected to be a contributing factor in this crash, police said. No other vehicle were involved. The crash remains under investigation to determine if impairment may have been a contributing factor. 

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