MORGANTON, N.C. (WBTV) – A young mother killed in a crash in Burke County Wednesday morning has been identified by officials as 19-year-old Chelsea Buchanan.
Officials say the fatal wreck happened around 5:30 a.m. in a neighborhood off Waterford Way near Lake James.
Neighbors say Buchanan was driving incredibly fast, ran over some bushes, turned around, sped down a road and slammed into a tree. The engine and transmission went flying out from under the car due to the impact.
Authorities say the speedometer was locked at 72 miles an hour. The speed limit in the area was 25.
Buchanan, of Valdese, is the mother of an 18-month girl.
The crash remains under investigation.