On Friday Evening, July 3, one speeding driver caused a chain reaction, multi-car crash on Interstate 485 in North Charlotte, leaving one local couple and their two daughters dead, among other fatalities and injuries.
Troopers say the tragedy began with a driver speeding at over 100 mph. The unidentified driver’s vehicle hit a box truck, which veered into oncoming traffic on the interstate and hit an SUV carrying Matthew and Andrea Obester and their two young daughters, Violet and Elizabeth. Sadly, all four died in the accident.
The box truck also struck another vehicle, killing one person and seriously injuring another. Although police are still identifying the victims, the Obesters were identified to a local paper by Matthew Obester’s mother, Lynn Sherrill. She said the couple were going to pick up a new customer wedding band for Andrea, in honor of their 16-year marriage. The Obesters also had a 14-year-old son, who was not on the trip.
“It can’t be real. It’s just not real yet,” Sherrill said. She added that Matthew had been excited to start a new construction job, while Andrea was devoted to running an animal rescue, and their daughters were passionate about horseback riding.
Compounding the tragedy, State Trooper Adolfo Lopez-Alcedo, who was working to shut down the highway again in the aftermath of the multi-car crash, was also severely injured when yet another driver struck his car. The police vehicle then hit Lopez-Alcedo, who was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries.
“Our Patrol family is hurting with the devastating news of Trooper Lopez’s injury, his family needs our prayers for what is undoubtedly an uphill fight,” Col. Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol, said in a news release Saturday.
Meanwhile, the speeding driver who instigated the multi-car crash was treated for several broken bones, and is now facing speeding and other charges related to the accident.
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for speeding to have fatal consequences in North Carolina. In 2016, there were 369 speed-related deaths and 18,956 speed-related crashes. Speed was considered a contributing factor in about 24 percent of fatal crashes.
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