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Maquel McMullen, 11, killed, three injured, and Jason Pruitt II, 24, charged in collision at Pinhook Loop Road in Gasonia, North Carolina
Authorities say 24-year-old Jason Pruitt, II, was speeding in a Ford Explorer when the vehicle struck a pole on the passenger side and rolled over onto its roof.
Jason Pruitt II, 24, faces multiple charges including death by motor vehicle following a single-vehicle crash around 9 p.m. east of Gastonia, WCNC reported.
The boy died at the scene, while a girl was ejected from the vehicle, troopers said. Two other passengers also were seriously injured.
"This was a freak accident," said Jason Pruitt. "I would never intentionally hurt someone like this."
Pruitt had his first court appearance Thursday, facing several charges including involuntary manslaughter.