SPARROW SPRINGS, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – A 6-year-old child was killed in a crash caused by two drivers drag racing in Gaston County Saturday night, according to the N.C. State Highway Patrol.
Officials said the drivers of a red Dodge Challenger and a white Audi appeared to be drag racing at speeds of at least 100 mph on U.S. 74 near Sparrow Springs just before 9:30 p.m. on June 26.
Witnesses told troopers that one of the vehicles side-swiped the other, causing the Audi to lose control and slide into an intersection, striking a vehicle that was not involved in the racing.
The Audi immediately burst into flames.
Authorities said a man and his 6-year-old child were in the other vehicle involved in the crash. Both were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries where the 6-year-old died later that evening. The child’s father was released from the hospital late Sunday night.
The 46-year-old driver of the Audi is also in the hospital in critical condition.
Troopers said a 20-year-old woman driving the Challenger remained on scene.
Officials said charges against the drivers are still pending. The investigation is ongoing.