Driver dies after his pickup truck hits guardrail, overturns near uptown, police say

A man is dead after his pickup truck struck light and utility poles near uptown on Monday morning, police said.

Load Error Mario Fernando Juarez, 30, was identified as the driver of the 2016 Ford F-150 involved in the crash, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said. Impairment and speed are contributing factors, police said in a news release.

Juarez wasn’t wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, police said. No other vehicles are believed to be involved. Around 2:46 a.m., officers responded to the 600 block of NC Music Factory Boulevard — near the Interstate 277 overpass just outside uptown — after receiving reports of a single-vehicle crash.

When officers arrived, they found Juarez’s Ford overturned and to the right of the eastbound lanes, police said. Medic pronounced Juarez dead on scene. No one else was inside of the Juarez’s vehicle when officers found it, police said.

Juarez’s pickup truck was eastbound on NC Music Factory Boulevard when it traveled off the roadway to the right as it entered a slight left-hand curve, police said. When the truck exited the roadway, it hit a light pole then a utility pole a short distance further to the east. After hitting both poles, he continued east and struck an end-cap to a steel guardrail.

The impact flipped the pickup onto its roof and ejected Juarez from the vehicle.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information about this case can call Detective Crum at 704-432-2169, extension 4, or leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

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