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Wake Forest alleged DWI is not driver's first

Posted June 20

Fiery crash in Wake Forest
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— Two people were severely injured and one driver was charged early Monday after a wreck involving two cars in northern Wake County.

Around 3 a.m., officers with the State Highway Patrol arrived on the scene of a fiery crash on Zebulon Road, one mile north of Rolesville.

An investigation revealed that Edward Henderson, 30, of Wilson, was traveling south in a 2014 Nissan sedan when he was struck head-on by a 2001 GMC sport utility vehicle. Upon impact, the Nissan traveled onto the westbound shoulder and stopped. The GMC traveled to the opposite shoulder and caught fire when it struck a group of trees.

The driver of the GMC, identified as Enrique Zuniga-Gracida, 23, of Franklinton, was charged with driving while impaired. Court records show it was his second DWI in the past year. Zuniga-Gracida had a DWI charge dismissed in April because the analyst who gave him a breath test had left the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. Had he been convicted on that charge, he would have lost his license.

Both drivers were transported to WakeMed with serious but non-life threatening injuries.


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  • Patrick Morningstar Jun 21, 7:22 a.m.
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    This is crazy! Nothing happened because an analyst took another job? Really? The truth is, it wouldn't have mattered because he would've driving with or with out a license. 27 people are killed a day by drunk drivers yet we are arguing about guns...

  • Elizabeth Hawkins Jun 20, 5:18 p.m.
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    Last time I checked drinking and driving does not mix and if you are caught anymore, you go under the jail and not dismissed because of something so trivial a person moved on to another job. Good grief! He is a23 year old immigrant no doubt who is a habitual drinker no doubt who will not stop and next time, does he have to kill someone to go to jail. Send him back to Mexico and let him drink and drive over there.