Man charged in I-440 wrong-way crash had previous DWI conviction

Posted October 24, 2016

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— The driver charged with killing a man in a Sunday night crash on Interstate 440 in Raleigh had been convicted once before of driving while impaired, according to jail records.

Carlos Martinez Gonzalez, 40, is charged with felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired and driving without a license in Sunday's crash near Exit 10 (Wake Forest Road).

Investigators said Gonzalez was driving east in the westbound lanes when he hit 59-year-old Pareshkumar Shah at about 9:20 p.m.

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

According to jail records, Gonzalez has a history of driving-related offenses, including DWI and driving with a revoked license dating back to 2006 in Mecklenburg, Wake and Randolph counties.

Gonzalez is being held on a $200,000 bond.


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  • Aiden Audric Oct 25, 5:02 p.m.
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    If any illegal gets or had a DWI/DUI, they're deported. It's now considered one of the "crimes of moral turpitude". This hard-line approach is a Homeland Security guideline established in November 2014.

    He has two: 2008 and 2015. They either missed him completely, or... well.. would you source your info?

  • Ray Rivera Oct 25, 4:16 p.m.
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    So, according to the other local media, an immigration hold has been placed on Mr Gonzalez. This means that immigration believes he may be in this country illegally and thus they are beginning proceedings to deport him; probably again.

  • Lance Boyle Oct 25, 9:10 a.m.
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    If the Benghazi Libya incident had been 4 solders killed by a drunk driver, Americans would have yawned and said, 'so sad' and moved to the moved to 'lets find those flag burners and jail em cause they dont lub Amurica'.

  • Lance Boyle Oct 25, 6:37 a.m.
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    Another American Terrorist on our Highways. No pipe bomb, just drugs/alcohol. Killing us daily.

  • Ray Rivera Oct 24, 10:31 p.m.
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    It's a revolving door system balanced on the backs of victims and their loved ones. I uunderstand your frustration Andy, my family was also affected by a person like this man. we lost our 6 yr old grandson to a drug crazed driver in Connecticut, july 2006.

  • Andy Jackson Oct 24, 9:05 p.m.
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    My question is for the Wake, Randolph and Mecklenburg County DA's office......WHY in the world is this man not locked up in JAIL? Not only should he not be driving - he should be locked up! A similar, repeat DWI offender, with no license, multiple DWIs, and no insurance killed one of my family members this year and these criminals need to be locked up!

  • Chad Stinner Oct 24, 8:46 p.m.
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    @Alfred and @Morris... at what point did they mention he was an illegal immigrant? I'm sure the fact that he had a drivers license made you think that.

    That aside, his prior convictions is why he's facing Felony death by vehicle. This is EASILY converted to second-degree murder. He's looking at 20 years in prison right now.

  • Alfred Barnes Oct 24, 7:48 p.m.
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    You're right. He's not some kid who made an error in judgement. His is serial.

  • Alfred Barnes Oct 24, 7:46 p.m.
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    You're righy, his prior convictions should have already gotten him deported. We're really talking about the lack of enforcement.

  • Morris Vobserv Oct 24, 7:24 p.m.
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    Illegal immigrants don't hurt anyone...yeah right. Elect Hillary and dissolve the border so we can tell stories like this every day.