Man faces multiple charges after 1 killed in wrong-way crash on I-440 in Raleigh

Posted October 23, 2016
Updated October 24, 2016

— One man died and another man faces multiple charges following a wrong-way crash on Interstate 440 in Raleigh Sunday night.

Authorities said the multi-vehicle crash happened on I-440 at exit 10 near Wake Forest Road at about 9:20 p.m.

59-year-old Pareshkumar Shah was traveling west in the westbound lanes of I-440 when he was struck head on by 40-year-old Carlos Martinez Gonzalez, of Raleigh, who was traveling eastbound.

Both drivers were transported to WakeMed following the crash. Shah died there as a result of his injuries.

Officials said Gonzalez recovered from non-life-threatening injuries overnight before he was transferred to jail Monday morning.

Gonzalez faces multiple charges, including felony death by vehicle, drunk driving and driving without a license. He is being held on a $200,000 bond.

Authorities were diverting all traffic to Capital Boulevard after the crash, but the lanes reopened in time for Monday's commute.

An investigation is underway.


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  • Sara Hauser Oct 24, 2016
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    Yet another innocent person lost their life at the hands of an irresponsible driver who wasn't punished for his previous offense.

  • Aiden Audric Oct 24, 2016
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    What is it with 440 and wrong-way crashes? Seems like a very popular road for it.

    Also, the other news outlets are reporting that Gonzalez is from Charlotte, not Raleigh, and that he has no license.

    And none of them are reporting on his nationality or his police record, although a quick search in Mecklenburg county's records didn't show anything. May be why they aren't reporting anything.

  • Michi Gauss Oct 24, 2016
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    Must everything be politicized? And, in case it matters, Trump is on record in 2012 being against deportation for illegal immigrants who have been in the US for some time. Saw it on a news report just today (CNN I think). He changed his stance on this issue only as he decided to run for President.

  • Ray Rivera Oct 24, 2016
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    The magic question is, has Mr Gonzalez ever been arrested for any issues regarding the operation of a motor vehicle? Will you "journalists" please research this for us loyal followers of your reports..