17-year-old faces DWI, speeding charges in fatal NC crash that killed teen passenger

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HICKORY, N.C. — A 17-year-old has been charged after being involved in a wreck that killed another 17-year-old in Hickory Sunday evening.

Investigators say both speed and alcohol contributed to the single-vehicle wreck around 7:45 p.m.

WSOC is reporting that a 2006 Subaru Forester driven by 17-year-old David Engelmann was traveling south on 6th Street NW when it struck the curb, causing it flip several times and come to rest in a field off the road.

Engelmann’s passenger, 17-year-old Jay Robertson II, was rushed to Frye Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Engelmann was also taken to the hospital but was treated and released.

Police have charged him with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, possession of an open container, driving after consuming by provisional licensee and careless and reckless driving.

He was released on a $10,000 bond.

It was reported that Robertson was a student at Hickory High School.

The speed limit is 35 mph in the area the accident happened and police said neither Engelmann nor Robertson were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Source: WSOC

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