Speed was a contributing factor in the fiery motor vehicle crash on U.S. 221 North bypass near Tate Street Thursday night that killed one person and sent another to the hospital.
First Sgt. Chris McClelland of the N.C. Highway Patrol told The McDowell News Friday that troopers arrived at the scene on the bypass around 9:50 p.m.
According to McClelland, Alejandro Orozco, 21, of Marion, was travelling between 100 and 110 mph when he lost control of his ’93 Honda Civic, crossed the median into oncoming traffic and hit Hannah Shea, 20, of Marion, head on.
Orzoco’s vehicle overturned and caught fire.
Orzoco was pronounced dead at the scene.
Shea was transported to The McDowell Hospital. Officials there said Friday morning she had been released.
The bypass was closed in both directions and traffic was rerouted to West Henderson Street Thursday night. All lanes are now open.
Trooper T.C. Hamby of the N.C. Highway Patrol is in charge of the ongoing investigation.
McDowell Resuce Squad, McDowell EMS, Marion Fire Department, N.C. Highway Patrol, and first-responders assisted at the crash.