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Raleigh man charged for giving alcohol to 3 teens who died in a wreck

North Carolina’s Alcohol Law Enforcement agents charged a Raleigh man on Wednesday for giving alcohol to several minors, including three teenagers who died in a car accident early Sunday morning.

Vicente Rivera Montero, 26, was charged with five counts of aiding and abetting Wednesday afternoon, for buying and giving alcohol to minors at a party he held at his home, according to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

Montero, of 5717 Riverford Drive, bought beer at a convenience store on Buffaloe Road on Sunday for the party.

Erick Avila, 18, Carlos Gomez 19, and Juan Gomez 17, consumed alcohol at Montero’s party and died in a car accident around 2 a.m. Sunday.

The wreck happened at the intersection of Forestville Road and Buffaloe Road, less than 3 miles away from Montero’s home.

Carlos Gomez, the driver of a Mazda, lost control at the intersection, crossed the center line and hit an oncoming Ford SUV, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Avila, a Wake High School student, lived in Wendell and was riding in the back seat of the car.

Juan Gomez was the front seat passenger.

The Gomezes lived at the same address in Louisberg, but it’s unclear how they were related.

Rebecca Whitt, 28, of Willow Spring, was driving the SUV with her 5-year-old child. Both were taken to WakeMed Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

In addition to the three teens who died, two other minors consumed alcohol at the party.

Alcohol Law Enforcement said additional arrests are expected.

Camila Molina: 919-829-4538, @Cmolina__

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