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Man faces 3 counts second-degree murder

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged a 20-year-old man with three counts of second-degree murder in a fatal crash witnesses said happened as he raced another car along N.C. 49 near the state line.

Tyler Stephen Stasko was charged after police said the Mitsubishi Eclipse he was driving at about 6:44 p.m. Saturday collided with a Mercedes entering N.C. 49 from the RiverPointe neighborhood near Lake Wylie.

Witnesses told police the Eclipse was racing a Chevy Camaro heading south toward the Buster Boyd Bridge. Police said the Camaro, occupied by three females, drove away from the scene. It was later located in York County, but the occupants weren't immediately identified.

The driver of the Mercedes, Winthrop professor Cynthia Furr, died at the scene; her daughter, 2-year-old McAllister Price, died later at the hospital.

Sunday afternoon, the accident claimed a third life: Hunter Daniel Holt, a 13 year-old Clover Junior High student police identified as a passenger in the Eclipse. Police sought and received a third murder warrant.

Hunter was remembered as a bright, popular student.

Mark Hopkins, principal of Clover Junior High, said the eighth-grader was well-regarded by all his teachers there.

He said much of the school's student body and staff of the school turned out Sunday night for an impromptu memorial gathering at New River Church in Lake Wylie, where Hunter was a member of the youth group.

Clover Junior High had extra counselors on hand Monday to help students.

"I'm sure like any family that's suffered the loss of a child, (the Holts) are struggling right now," Hopkins said. "Our hearts go out to the Holt family and to the Furr/Price family."

Stasko was among those injured in the wreck, but a nursing supervisor at Carolinas Medical Center said Sunday afternoon that he was no longer a patient there. Another passenger in the Eclipse, 11-year-old Rex Thomas, was listed in good condition.

Stasko couldn't be reached for comment. It was unclear Sunday whether additional charges would be filed. Police didn't say how fast he was driving, but the impact knocked the Mercedes onto its hood.

The wreck occurred at what RiverPointe residents call a dangerous intersection.

Maliek Carrington moved to RiverPointe three years ago, and said people have long been pushing for a street light at the neighborhood's entrance onto N.C. 49. Harrington said it can be difficult for drivers to see other vehicles as they come from either direction on N.C. 49.

Carrington said there can be problems if drivers are speeding coming off the Buster Boyd bridge.

"There's no easy way out" of the neighborhood, Carrington said.