Police: Speed and alcohol factors in northeast Charlotte fatal crash

- Speed and alcohol played a roll in a fatal crash that happened in northeast Charlotte Thursday evening, according to CMPD.

Martina Juan Duran Palma was driving a pickup truck on Heathway Drive. As he approached a 90 degree turn on Timberway Drive, he failed to negotiate the turn, according to police.

Palma applied his brakes but slid off the road and hit a tree head on. He was pronounced dead on scene. 

The front passenger, Olegario Saldana was taken to CMC for non-life threatening injuries.

Police say neither person was wearing a seat belt.

This crash is under investigation by the Major Crash Investigation Unit of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.  Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 

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