Police say the driver that caused a deadly wreck last night is facing two second-degree murder charges.
They say 20-year-old Tyler Stasko was racing his Mitsubishi Eclipse against a Chevrolet Camaro on N.C. 49 in Charlotte near the Buster Boyd Bridge.
Witnesses told police that Stasko and the driver of a Camaro were racing each other at high speeds just before 7 p.m. The Mitsubishi then struck Cynthia Furr's Mercedes, which was pulling out of the RiverPointe community, sending the Mercedes flipping through the air, witnesses told The Herald's news partner, WSOC-TV.
The accident killed Furr, 45, and her daughter McAllister Price, 2. Furr was pronounced dead on the scene. Her daughter died later at the hospital despite the efforts of witnesses.
Other Charlotte media outlets, including WBTV, are reporting that Furr is a Winthrop professor. There is a Dr. Cynthia J. Furr listed in the English department, according to Winthrop University's staff listing.
"She's an outstanding lady," said Rock Hill High English teacher David Suber, who met with Furr just days ago to discuss placement of Winthrop interns for the school. "She was very energetic and dynamic. She really pushed those interns to produce and stand out."
Suber called Furr the most lively person he's ever met. She was quick with her words and easy to talk with, he said.
"She's just an awesome person," Suber said.
Furr also was the choir director at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church on York Road and was on her way there for a church event when the accident hapened, witnesses said.
"The baby was under the car," Janie Hayes said. "So some men...helped us push and lift the car up. We got the baby out and started CPR."
Witnesses said the driver and passengers in the Camaro stopped, got out, looked at the damage, and then drove away. Stasko, the driver of the Mitsubishi, is in the hospital listed in fair condition.
Police say he had two other passengers in the car.
Eleven-year-old Rex Thomas is in stable condition, and 13-year-old Hunter Holt is in critical condition.
Investigators said the driver of the Camaro has been identified and the car was located Sunday morning in York County.
They are not releasing his name or any details at this time.
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