Crime

Driver was impaired before wrong-way I-440 fatal crash, police say

An arrest warrant that charged a driver with felony death by vehicle for a wrong-way crash on Interstate 440 on Sunday night says that police believe he was impaired at the time.

Carlos Martinez Gonzalez, 40, was arrested Monday after he was discharged from WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh. He was being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.

In the arrest warrant, police stated that Gonzalez caused the crash “while subject to an impairing substance,” and that “was the proximate cause of death” of Pareshkumar Shah, 59.

The warrant does not say what substance police think was involved. A report of the accident was still being processed Tuesday.

The crash happened about 9:20 p.m. when a Ford SUV that Gonzalez was driving was going east in the interstate’s westbound lanes between Wake Forest Road and Capital Boulevard, police reported.

Shah was driving a Hyundai sedan.

Several other vehicles were involved in the wreck, too, police said.

On the arrest warrant, police listed Gonzalez’s address as 2441 Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh. When he was booked into the Wake County Detention Center, however, Gonzalez gave his address as 1919 Decatur St. in Charlotte.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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