Henderson County, NC: Man abandons car after fatal wreck | BlueRidgeNow.com

An Asheville man was charged with DWI and felony hit-and-run Sunday after crashing his car into a guardrail on U.S. Highway 25, which killed a passenger in the vehicle, then abandoning the car nearly 11 miles later on I-26.

Angel L. Diaz, 40, lost control of a blue 1992 Toyota Camry he was driving around 6 a.m. Sunday and struck the end of a guardrail on Highway 25 near the Green River Road exit, said Trooper J.A. Nix of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

But Diaz kept driving the crumpled vehicle another 10.8 miles until it came to rest on I-26 near the Upward Road overpass. There, Diaz abandoned the car and escaped on foot, leaving the deceased passenger, Luiz Angel Ruiz, 28, of Asheville still in the passenger seat, Nix said.

“I believe the vehicle couldn’t go any further, but I can’t tell you why he finally stopped,” Nix said.

When Nix drove up on the wrecked Camry around 6:40 a.m., “at first I didn’t think there was anybody with it and then I discovered the passenger. He was dead.”

Nix said the car appeared to have damage such as would occur in a “T-bone collision. Both the front and rear passenger doors were caved in.”

He said Ruiz, who was still buckled in the front passenger seat, “seemed to have suffered internal injuries.

“Henderson County EMS, the Henderson County Rescue Squad and Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue responded to a pin-in call at 6:50 a.m. Nix explained that the Camry’s damage appeared to have pushed the doors in on Ruiz’s body.

After leaving the scene, Diaz called someone to pick him up, Nix said. Deputies with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office stopped his getaway vehicle on Tracy Grove Road and Nix placed Diaz under arrest around 9:30 a.m.

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Charlotte, NC: Driver faces DWI, manslaughter in hit-and-run | WCNC.com

Jonathan Shaver

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a bicyclist was hit and killed in southwest Charlotte Sunday night.

Police say a bicyclist was hit on South Tryon Street near Carowinds Boulevard around 11:45 p.m. Sunday.

Jonathan Shaver is charged with involuntary manslaughter, felony hit-and-run, driving while impaired and registration and insurance violations after striking and killing Vung Vu with his 2006 Jeep Cherokee as Vu rode his bicycle down South Tryon Street.

Police say Shaver left the scene and drove home to Clover, South Carolina, before calling 911 to report his involvement in the crash.

Alcohol use for the bicyclist is suspected, police said.

via Driver faces DWI, manslaughter in SW Charlotte hit-and-run | WCNC.com Charlotte.

Holly Springs, NC: Pedestrian killed; Driver charged with DWI | WRAL.com

Holly Springs police said a 20-year-old man was driving drunk late Saturday when he struck a pedestrian who later died.

The incident happened about 11 p.m. at the intersection of N.C. Highway 55 and New Hill Road in Holly Springs.

Police said Darrius Cortez Gilbert, 20, of Pyracantha Drive in Holly Springs, struck a man in his late 30s. The man, whose name was not released pending notification of relatives, died early Sunday at WakeMed.

Gilbert was charged with driving while impaired and driving after underage consumption of alcohol.

via Holly Springs man charged with DWI in fatal pedestrian crash :: WRAL.com.

Raleigh, NC: Teen charged with provisional DWI in fatal crash | wncn.com

Raleigh police are investigating a car crash that killed one and injured two Thursday evening on Interstate 40.

Police said 18-year-old Anastasiya Katherine Bergeron of Bunnlevel was traveling eastbound on I-40 when she lost control of a 2001 Toyota sedan around 4:45 p.m. in between Wade Avenue and Chapel Hill Road.The vehicle veered off the side of the road and hit a tree to the right of the interstate, police said.

The vehicle belonged to 20-year-old Chase Morgan Rodgers, according to the wreck report. Rodgers was the right front passenger and died at the scene.Bergeron and Christian Michael Miller, 17, of Cary, were taken to WakeMed with serious injuries.

Bergeron has been charged with provisional DWI. According to the Raleigh Police wreck report, the police tested Bergeron for other substances.The results of that test were still pending.

via RALEIGH: Teen charged with provisional DWI in fatal I-40 – WNCN: News, Weather.

Burke Co., NC – Man charged with DWI after killing Good Samaritan in crash | wbtv.com

Conan Hunt

A Burke County man was killed, and a woman was injured, after the woman became stranded in front of his house late Wednesday night.

According to investigators, Lorrine Vaughn’s vehicle ran out of gas around 10 pm along Highway 18, just south of Morganton, in front of 49-year-old David Anderson’s home.Anderson took gas out of his own vehicle and took it out to her car.Anderson was outside helping the woman when another vehicle came around the corner and hit them.

The driver, 43-year-old Conan Hunt, was reportedly driving drunk. Hunt’s vehicle went off the roadway and wound up in a field.”I heard the impact,” said neighbor Beverly Gibson. “It shook my trailer.”Gibson said when she went to the road to see what had happened, she saw Vaughn walking in a daze looking for Anderson.

“She was running up the road saying I can’t find him, I can’t find him.”Anderson’s body was spotted near the SUV.

Anderson was killed in the collision, Vaughn was injured.  She was taken to Carolinas Medical Center.Troopers charged Hunt with DWI, no insurance and driving while license revoked.A court date was sent for September to give time for toxicology tests to be completed.

More charges are possible as the investigation continues, said troopers. They expect to go to the District Attorney in the next few days to discuss other possible charges.

Troopers said it was a tragic thing for a good Samaritan to lose his life.”We are hurting,” said Anderson’s sister Tressie Bolden.She got the call at 1:30 Thursday morning from troopers advising her about what happened. She and her sister Paula Johnson said they forgive Hunt but still want justice done.As for their brother?”He was awesome,” said Johnson,” he was the best brother in the world.”  “He was doing what we were taught to do, help other people,” said Bolden.

via Man charged with DWI after killing Good Samaritan in crash – WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC.

Charlotte – Unrestrained 4 Month Old Killed in Wreck Involving Drunk Driver | twcnews.com

A 4-month-old baby who was not in a car seat died in a single car accident in Charlotte Tuesday afternoon.Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say the infant was being held by another passenger in the backseat when the car crashed into a utility pole on Old Statesville Road. Police say the driver was drunk. Five other passengers were taken to the hospital. One had life threatening injuries and the four others had potentially life threatening injuries.The driver Thabiti Pierre-Louis faces several charges including felony death by motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana.

via Unrestrained 4 Month Old Killed in Car Wreck Involving Drunk Driver – Time Warner Cable News.

Charlotte, NC – Man Charged With DWI After One Killed | wccbcharlotte.com

Police say Daniel Roberts is responsible for a deadly East Charlotte wreck that killed 25 year old Barnette White Jr.

The wreck happened at the intersection of East Independence Boulevard and Village Lake Drive. just before 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Roberts is being charged with DWI this morning and upon release from CMC, he will be charged with felony death by vehicle, reckless driving and expired registration plate.

Witnesses say Roberts ran several red lights before crashing into the Toyota 4Runner. According to the police report, Roberts was seriously injured when his car kept sliding down the road and hit a telephone pole.

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