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Driver Drunk in Wreck That Killed Campbell Prof

Posted April 4, 2008

— The driver of a car involved in a head-on collision last month that killed a Campbell University professor had an "extremely elevated" blood-alcohol level, according to an autopsy.

Alejandro Antonio Rivas, 46, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.29, authorities said. The legal limit fior driving is 0.08.

Rivas was northbound on U.S. Highway 701 near Newton Grove on March 15 when his vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a minivan being driven by Lewis M. Fetterman Jr., 58, of Clinton, authorities said.

Rivas and Fetterman, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Campbell, were killed. Fetterman's wife was injured in the wreck.

Rivas didn't have a driver's license, authorities said. Federal immigration agents haven't yet determined whether he was in the country illegally.


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  • oldschooltarheel Apr 7, 2008

    No license - what kind of ID? Really this could've been the drunk "undocumented" individual who hit me in 2003 & was given "time served" and parole in Durham County. No license, no real ID - whose paying to bury this murderer? Somehow I suspect it is called "tax dollars".

  • Dr. Dataclerk Apr 7, 2008

    I see people have less to say when it is drinking and driving. But when its smoking cigarettes, well the people say; there is plenty to say. Go figure that one. They will never see it, until their love one is killed by a drinking and driving person.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Apr 7, 2008

    More and more news is put on cigarette smoking and yet it only harms the person who is smoking. Second-hand smoke - well people can choose to not be around that person.

    You barely hear anything in how harmful effected alcohol can have on a person who is driving a vehicle. A drinking person that is driving has killed more people than can be counted. Something need to be done, NOW. We need realize that drinking and driving do not mix and is killing our love ones.

  • casp3r Apr 7, 2008

    Very sad way to go.

  • Eduardo1 Apr 7, 2008

    I agree with tickle me. It would not change anything. We already are aware of the alcohol problems with our legal folks

  • Common Sense Man Apr 4, 2008

    No need to spend resources to see if he was legal. He'd dead now, you can't really change anything.