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Police: Cause May Never Be Determined For Deadly Greenville Crash

After a more than month-long investigation, police say they have no official cause determined for a deadly January crash in Greenville.

It was late January when authorities say Bradley Novotny's car crossed over 2 lanes of traffic on Charles boulevard and crashed into a vehicle driven by Andy Fritscher, killing both of them.

Greenville police say they have concluded their investigation and determined there were no mechanical issues with either vehicle, neither driver was on a cell phone, and toxicology results were negative for both.

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Funeral arrangements have been announced for the two men killed in a head-on collision on Charles Blvd. in Greenville Monday.

An obituary for 52-year-old Andrew Fritscher says he will be laid to rest Saturday in Matthews, NC, which is near Charlotte. The obituary says in lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Fritscher Children's Educational Fund at 305 Trafalgar Place, Matthews, NC 28105.

Meanwhile, services for 23-year-old Bradley Novotny will be private. His family is set to receive friends Thursday night. Memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic Relief Services, 228 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201-3413, or to the E. B. Aycock Middle School, Music Department c/o Jason Barclift, 1325 Red Banks Road, Greenville, NC 27858-5399.

Meanwhile, police have released no new information in their investigation of what caused the fatal wreck Monday.



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Greenville Police have identified the victims in Monday's head-on collision on Charles Blvd.

The two men who died are 52-year-old Andrew Fritscher and 23-year-old Bradley Novotny.

Police say Fritscher was driving the SUV, while Novotny was in the Honda Civic.

Fritscher, who was born in Louisiana, was an engineer at JT Packard in Greenville. He leaves behind a fiancee and several children. His family says he was on his way to pick up his two youngest children when the accident happened and that he and his fiancee had just been talking about wedding plans.

Novotny was a 2007 graduate of J.H. Rose and had been a nursing student at Pitt Community College. His parents tell us they had just bought the car for him in December.

According to witness statements the Civic was traveling south in the left travel lane of Charles Blvd. when it crossed over two lanes and struck head-on a SUV that was traveling north in the right travel lane of Charles Blvd.

Monday night, police said the driver of the SUV, now identified as Fritscher, died at the hospital as a result of his injuries. The driver of the car, now identified as Novotny, died at the scene of the wreck.

Police said no further information was available at this time, including the cause of the wreck.

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The scene of a fatal accident in Greenville was open to traffic Tuesday morning, as investigators try to determine what caused the head-on collision.

Greenville Police said Tuesday that the process to notify the families of the two men killed went late into the night, and they could not confirm if that process was completed. Officials expected an update on the wreck, including the identities of the victims, later Tuesday morning.

According to witness statements a small passenger car was traveling south Monday evening, in the left travel lane of Charles Blvd. when it crossed over two lanes and struck head-on a SUV that was traveling north in the right travel lane of Charles Blvd.

We'll update you on the wreck report as soon as police release it.



Previous Story:Two people are dead following an accident Monday afternoon in Greenville.

The accident happened just before 6:00 p.m. when an SUV collided with a sedan on Charles Boulevard between Thackery Drive and Hyde Road.

Police say both drivers, both men, were killed. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

According to witness statements a small passenger car was traveling south in the left travel lane of Charles Blvd. when it crossed over two lanes and struck head-on a SUV that was traveling north in the right travel lane of Charles Blvd.

The driver of the passenger car was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV was transported to PCMH where he later died.

At this point, police say the identities of both victims are being withheld pending the appropriate notifications. More detailed information regarding the makes and models of the vehicles involved will be released as soon as it becomes available.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Greenville Police Department Traffic Safety Unit.

Charles Boulevard was closed between Thackery and Turnbury Drive.

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