CHARLOTTE, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – One person was killed, and two others were injured in an east Charlotte collision Sunday morning, according to CMPD.

The incident happened around 2:24 a.m. at the intersection of Albemarle Road and Farm Pond Lane.

Officers say they arrived to find a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta with heavy damage to the front of the car and a 2014 Dodge Ram with heavy damage to the front passenger side.

According to authorities, the drivers of both vehicles were taken to Atrium Health Main with serious injuries. The front passenger of the Volkswagen, 36-year-old Heriberto Patino Maldonado, was pronounced deceased on scene.

Investigators say that the driver of the Dodge, 40-year-old Jesus Lopez Garcia, was driving west on Albemarle Road and tried to make a U-turn at Farm Pond Lane. While the Dodge was making the U-turn with a yellow light, the turck was hit by the Volkswagen driven by 28-year-old Marcario Torres.

Investigators believe the Volkswagen was driving at a high speed without turning on its headlights. Both drivers were found to be impaired.

The driver of the Dodge, Garcia, was charged with the following:

  • Failure to Yield the Right of Way
  • No Operator’s License
  • Possession of an Open Container in a Motor Vehicle
  • Felony Death by Motor Vehicle

The driver of the Volkswagen, Torres, was charged with the below:

  • No Operators License
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle with No Headlights
  • Reckless Driving
  • Possession of an Open Container in a Motor Vehicle
  • Felony Death by Motor Vehicle

During the on-scene investigation, police shut down the intersection and urged the public to avoid the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Buckley at 704-432-2169, Ext. 6. The public can also anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or

This is a developing story; check back for updates.