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Charlotte teen dies after crash on I-77

Thomas Luciano, a 16-year-old Charlotte teen at South Mecklenburg High School, was killed Saturday when he was ejected from a car during a one-vehicle, four-passenger accident on Interstate-77.

The driver of a 1993 Chevrolet SUV was travelling in the far right lane of I-77 northbound near the 87 mile marker about 4:15 p.m. when she attempted to enter the left lane. She lost control of the vehicle, and the car overturned, said Lance Cpl. Bryan McDougald of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

The driver, a 17-year-old girl from Charlotte, and two passengers were injured and transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The victim was sitting in the back left seat behind the driver and was not wearing a seatbelt, McDougald said.

The driver and other two passengers, a woman from Charlotte and a man from Ballantyne, were all wearing seatbelts, he said.

Officials pronounced Luciano dead at the scene. So far, officials believe that speed was not a factor in the accident, but they are still investigating.

Luciano was a Navy JROTC cadet at South Meck.

Because of the accident officials closed the northbound lanes of the Interstate for two hours. Some drivers were diverted to Sutton Road.

Footage from the scene showed people standing outside their cars on the interstate, stuck in standstill traffic.

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