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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating a fatal crash early Sunday morning in east Charlotte.

Officers responded to the 4100 block of Central Ave. near Medallion Dr. at 6:43 AM.

Police located a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox that struck a tree. The road was shut down while the investigation was conducted. 

Medic pronounced the passenger, Jose Gutierrez, deceased at the scene. The driver, Erik Perales, was transported to CMC-Main with serious injuries. 

The investigation determined the vehicle was traveling outbound on Central Avenue when it crossed a median into on-coming traffic. The vehicle then ran off the roadway and struck a tree.  

The vehicle was traveling above the 35 mph speed limit. Seat belts were not in use at the time of the crash. Alcohol impairment was not a contributing factor in this crash.

Perales has been issued a criminal summons charging with Misdemeanor Death by Vehicle and Reckless Driving. The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Gormican at 704-432-2169.