Driver dies after striking car, bus in east Charlotte

FOX 46 Charlotte 

One person is dead after the car they were driving struck a car and then collided into a bus on Friday afternoon in east Charlotte, police said.

The wreck happened about 1:11 p.m. in the 1600 block of Eastway Drive.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, the driver of a Pontiac G6 was traveling at a high speed when they lost control entering a slight curve on the road, crossing into the opposing lane and striking the rear of a Toyota Tacoma. Officers said the Pontiac continued sliding and was struck on the passenger side by the bus, which was also headed in the opposite direction.

The driver of the Pontiac, 27-year-old Eldridge Jenkins, was pronounced dead on the scene.  The driver of the bus was transported to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center-main with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Toyota was not injured.

Detectives are looking for the driver of a white Audi four door passenger vehicle that was seen speeding in the area just seconds prior to the crash that might have a possible connection with the driver of the Pontiac. They say the Audi did not come in contact with any vehicles in this crash.  There is no evidence at this time that the drivers of bus or Toyota were violating any traffic laws. 

Any witnesses are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.