New charges filed against suspect in fatal Raleigh hit-and-run wreck
Posted November 5, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Two new charges have been filed against a man who was arrested over the weekend in a hit-and-run wreck in east Raleigh that killed two Wake Technical Community College students and injured two others.
Mateo Guzman-Palacios was charged Tuesday with two counts of felony hit-and-run causing serious injury or death.
Guzman-Palacios, 32, of 2201 Poole Road, was jailed Saturday on two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, driving with a suspended license, failing to stop at a red light and two counts of felony hit-and-run.
Guzman-Palacios was deported in 2011 from the United States, according to prosecutors.
At a first court appearance Monday afternoon, a judge raised his bond to $510,000.
The crash happened shortly before 12:30 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of New Bern Avenue and Trawick Road.
According to a wreck report released Saturday afternoon, Jacob John Wootsick, 28, of Louisburg, was driving a 1998 Honda sedan east on New Bern Avenue when he tried to turn left onto Trawick Road.
A dark-colored Chevrolet Avalanche traveling west on New Bern Avenue ran a red light at Trawick Road and struck Wootsick's Honda on the right side.
Passengers Brittany Williams, 24, of Fuquay-Varina, and Naomi Mercury, 18, of Wake Forest, died from injuries sustained in the wreck.
Nathan Lee Norris and Tyrone Marquis Daniels, both of Raleigh, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.