Driver in fatal wrong-way wreck on I-40 charged with DWI and 2 felonies

Anibal Raul Chilel-Ambrocio
Anibal Raul Chilel-Ambrocio CCBI

The 27-year-old man who was driving a car that was going the wrong way on Interstate 40 last week and crashed head-on into a pickup truck was charged Sunday with two counts of felony death by vehicle and one count of driving while impaired.

Police said they arrested Anibal Raul Chilel-Ambrocio when he was released from WakeMed Hospital on Sunday afternoon.

Chilel-Ambrocio lives on Guess Road in Durham, according to arrest records said.

The wreck happened about 11:40 p.m. on Jan. 18, police said. A Honda Civic that Chilel-Ambrocio was driving was going east on the westbound side of I-40, police said.

Other drivers first reported seeing the car in the wrong lanes in Durham shortly before the crash.

One person who was riding in the Honda died at the crash scene, police reported. Another died later at WakeMed Hospital, and two more passengers were being treated there.

Chilel-Ambrocio was held in lieu of $410,000 bail. Federal Immigration Control and Enforcement (ICE) officials filed a notice asking for him to be held for 48 hours extra if he is released on bail because they suspect he is in the country illegally.

The notice said Chilel-Ambrocio was born in Guatemala.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT