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Raleigh man, 26, bought beer for teens killed in weekend wreck, ALE agents charge

Vicente Rivera Montero
Vicente Rivera Montero CCBI

A Raleigh man was arrested Tuesday night on charges of buying beer Saturday for three teens who died in a crash on Buffaloe Road early Sunday and for two other teens.

Alcohol Law Enforcement agents arrested Vicente Rivera Montero, 26, at his home on Riverford Road.

Rivera is charged with five misdemeanor counts of being a person over 21 who aided and abetted underage persons in getting alcoholic beverages.

Arrest warrants said Rivera bought Corona and Modello beer that for Erick Avila, 18, an East Wake High School student from Wendell; Carlos Gomez, 19, the driver of the car that crashed with another vehicle, and Juan Gomez, 17, a front-seat passenger, drank at a party at Rivera’s home.

The Gomezes lived in Louisburg, the State Highway Patrol said.

Arrest paperwork said agents believed Rivera bought the beer for those three, a 16-year-old and another 18-year-old for a party.

ALE said Wednesday that the beer was purchased at a convenience store on Buffaloe Road.

The wreck happened shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday on Buffaloe Road, near Forestville Road, in Wake County, outside the Raleigh city limits.

Rivera was held at the Wake County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bail.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials filed papers saying Rivera appeared to be an illegal immigrant from Mexico. They asked that he be held for 48 hours for them to take into custody if he is released from state custody.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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