Police say a 24-year-old man was driving too fast and likely under the influence of alcohol early Tuesday when he lost control of his car and crashed into a tree near N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus.
Robert McKenzie Carter of 4095 Benton Creek Drive in Winston-Salem was killed instantly in the single-car crash on Centennial Parkway. A passenger, Elkin Raul Lopez, 33, was injured.
The accident occurred at 1:23 a.m. on Centennial Parkway, near Agriculture Street, according to a police accident report made public Wednesday.
Investigators say Carter was driving a 2006 Volvo when he failed to negotiate a curve, veered off the right side of the road and struck a curb before spinning an additional 87 feet and crashing sideways into a tree.
Carter was pronounced dead at the scene. He was tested for alcohol, and investigators are awaiting toxicology results from the state medical examiner’s office in Raleigh.
The posted speed limit in the section of road is 45 mph. The Volvo was going an estimated 75 mph before running off the road, police reported.