A 28-year-old Charlotte man was killed in a DWI wreck in northwest Charlotte on an early Saturday morning.

The man was the passenger in a 2000 Ford Expedition driven by a 29-year-old male.  The driver and four other passengers were riding in the 9300 block of Bellhaven Boulevard, close to Interstate 485 when the driver sideswiped a car and went off the road.

The Expedition went down and embankment, went airborne and came to a halt after striking a brick retaining wall near a house.

The passenger died on the scene while the driver and two other passengers were transported to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries.

The driver of the Expedition was charged with driving while impaired.

Research from NHTSA reveals that 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2010.  The lives claimed in traffic accidents that year accounted for an alarming 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic deaths in the U.S.  So it’s no wonder why police across the nation are cracking down on drunk driving.  There are countless reasons why no one should drink and drive, and families affected by drunk driving incidents on our nation’s roads could echo this sentiment as strongly as anyone.

When you or someone you love has been involved in a serious accident, the DUI Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower can be there to assist you on your path to recovery. Call us today and speak directly with one of our lawyers at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.