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Police: Man fleeing from 911 call causes fatal wreck

Posted August 26

— Authorities say a man who sped away from a North Carolina gas station, running red lights after someone called 911 has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said 37-year-old Travis Chappell's car struck the back of another vehicle when he ran a red light around 10:30 p.m. Friday. It then struck a brick wall and caught fire.

Authorities say the passenger in Chappell's car, 48-year-old Evelyn Smith, died.

Investigators say someone called 911 about Chappell just before he got in his car and drove away without turning on his headlights.

Police said in a news release that Chappell is also charged with driving while impaired. It wasn't known if he had a lawyer.


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