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Gastonia police are still investigating a serious crash after a 74-year-old woman died days later.
The other driver involved is accused of driving through a stop sign on Saturday.
Eyewitness News reporter Ken Lemon talked to witnesses about why they think those charges should be upgraded.
The witnesses said a 21-year-old driver was headed south on Scruggs Street, ran a stop sign and hit a car slamming it into a concrete wall.
The 74-year-old victim in the car died two days later.
Kiara Russell was just a few yards away when the crash happened over the weekend.
"I just think like, 'Oh my God, I just witnessed an accident,'" Russell said.
She rushed over to help and saw Emily Rhyne in the passenger's seat.
She said the driver was OK, but Rhyne couldn't speak.
"She just looked like she was in shock," Russell said.
Another witness said he saw the driver who hit Rhyne seconds before the crash.
"He came up this road,” Ernest Mason said. “From the time he hit his brakes he darted out."
Both witnesses said it looked like the driver Richard Accurso III was trying to beat the car onto Gaston Avenue but he didn't make it.
"It's sad,” witness Kimberly Mason said. I'm very sorry for the family"
Police charged Accurso with failing to stop for a stop sign.
Since Rhyne died at the hospital Monday, they are going to meet with the district attorney to see if Accurso should be charged with death by motor vehicle.
Witnesses said he needs to be held accountable.
"Yea, it looks like he ran a stop sign for one anyway," Russell said.
"I think it's a shame that people's lives are cut short like that because of people's ignorance of not stopping," Mason said.
Rhyne's family did not want to talk to Channel 9.Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:49:04 -0400
Pazuzu Algarad and his girlfriend faced a judge Thursday for a pretrial hearing. The two are accused of murdering Joshua Wetzler and another man, and then burying their bodies five years ago.
Wetzler’s family talked to Eyewitness News Thursday.
“He was a doting father he loved his son,” said Stacey Carter, ex-girlfriend.
She said Wetzler last visited their son Jared in 2009.
“They played. Josh made pizzas for us,” said Carter.
After that visit, she never heard from him again. She was worried about him, but kept thinking maybe he’d left town to find a better job. A friend soon called to share a strange rumor that Wetzler had been killed and buried in Algarad’s backyard, in Clemmons in Forsyth County.
"When I went to the police, I thought they'd think I was crazy. I'd never heard of this person so it was pretty bizarre to me,” said Carter.
She said police were familiar with Algarad, a self-proclaimed Satanist. He had pentagrams painted on his home and family members said he’d bragged about killing people and burying them in his back yard. Police went to search for Wetzler, but found nothing.
A few weeks ago, police received another tip that led them back to the home. This time they found Wetzler’s remains and that of another man named Tommy Welch.
"I want to know why. I want to know why,” said Joshua Wetzler’s mother, Martha Wetzler.
Family members don’t believe Joshua Wetzler knew the suspects. They don’t understand why it took place but his mother hopes they get answers and justice for her son.
"What gives anybody the right to take somebody else's life?” she said.
Carter said she hopes the case brings attention to the need for young people to get help before they get involved in a life of crime.
“I want this to raise awareness in the community for the need to reach out to youth that are at risk for getting into trouble for going off the rail,” said Carter.
Both suspects are due in court on April 30.
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American Airlines said it made $952 million in profits in the third quarter -- up 87 percent over last year.
American Airlines is in the process of merging with U.S. Airways.
The gains are attributed to summer travel which typically boosts airline revenue but University of North Carolina -- Charlotte professor Peter Schwarz said it was a reduction in costs that triggered this windfall for American Airlines.
“The main thing that stands out is lower fuel costs,” Schwarz said.
As jet fuel prices drop, profits add up. American Airlines stopped hedging the price of fuel this summer which is a business practice brought over by former U.S. Airways CEO Doug Parker who now runs the merged airline.
That means instead of paying a set price their cost fluctuates with fuel prices -- a risk that has paid off.
“What we see happening with American (Airlines) is more the legacy of U.S. Airways. Going into the merger U.S. Airways was doing quite well,” Schwarz said.
He said profits could still be high in the fourth quarter, too.
Schwarz said Parker is pushing for fewer and fuller flights which means the airline will drop prices to fill those planes.
“So at some point, we would expect to see some more favorable fares come along as we come into the fall season,” Schwarz said.
It all points to a smooth merger between the two airlines and makes it less likely Charlotte would ever lose its hub status, he said.
However, those results all came before the widespread fears over Ebola, Schwarz said.
He does not expect that to have a big effect on the fourth quarter unless there is a major outbreak.
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