Police: Wrong-way driver in fatal I-440 crash suspected of being impaired

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comOctober 29, 2013 

— Investigators suspect a Dudley man driving in the wrong direction on Interstate 440 early Sunday before a fatal crash was impaired by drugs or alcohol, according to documents released Tuesday.

The driver, David Viva Xicotencatl, 25, of 198 Holloman Lane in Dudley, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu that plowed head-on into a 1997 Mazda driven by Elizabeth Camille Bullock, 20, of Franklinton.

Bullock died at the scene, police reported. Emergency workers transported Xicotencatl to WakeMed in Raleigh, where he died of his injuries.

An accident report made public Tuesday showed doctors tested Xicotencatl for evidence of drugs or alcohol after he was taken to the hospital. Those tests are still to be confirmed by the state medical examiner’s office as part of the autopsy. The report did not specify whether alcohol or another substance is suspected.

Bullock’s remains also will be routinely tested for impairing substances, according to the report.

The accident occurred just before 4 a.m. Sunday in the eastbound lanes of I-440 between Six Forks and Wake Forest roads, when Xicotencatl was inexplicably driving west in the eastbound lanes. Bullock’s Mazda was traveling east in the far left lane, according to a search warrant application made public Tuesday at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.

Bullock’s car had just passed Six Forks Road “when she was met by Mr. Xicotencatl’s vehicle,” according to the warrant.

Bullock braked and and steered to the right but could not avoid the crash. Xicotencatl’s Malibu was traveling 82 mph when it crashed into the Mazda, which was going 59 mph. The posted speed limit on the interstate is 60 mph.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue on Tuesday said police are still trying to determine how Xicotencatl’s Malibu ended up going in the wrong direction on I-440.

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