A former N.C. State University football player was killed in an early Sunday wreck when police say a speeding Camaro slammed into the car in which he was riding as it turned left off of North Tryon Street, according to a police report.
Edrick Smith, 29, was killed in the back-seat of a Honda Accord, which was split in two from the force of the collision at the intersection with Salome Church Road.
Police say the driver of the Camaro, 30-year-old Hugo Fernando Rosillo, ran from the scene and was later tracked down by a CMPD police helicopter and K-9 unit searching nearby woods.
Originally from North Fork, Ala., Smith set the school record in 1998 for tackles by a true freshman. He was on track to be a national defensive standout and NFL prospect when his career was sidelined by an injury.
Smith’s wife Karisa said Sunday that she and the couple’s three children were “holding it together, but I don’t think it’s hit them, as well as me.”
She called the driver of the Camaro “cowardly” for leaving the scene. The couple work for Nationwide insurance in Charlotte,. she said.
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