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New charges filed against suspect in fatal Raleigh hit-and-run wreck

Posted November 5, 2014

Mateo Guzman-Palacios
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— 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.


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  • Mike Berthold Nov 5, 2014
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    You want to make it unattractive? Cut wages for everyone by 80% and make it comparable to what they can make at home. Until then, not going to happen. When you can cut grass in the US for $15-30k a year under the table or stay in their home country and make $3k per year if they are lucky, the biggest draw here isn't going to disappear any time soon.

  • norainonmyparade Nov 5, 2014

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    "two counts of felony hit-and-run causing serious injury or death"

    The keywords here are "serious injury or death".

    There is a difference between "hit and run" and "hit and run causing serious injury or death".

    Yes, a felony hit and run causing serious injury or death is worse than a misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

  • Fred Garner Nov 5, 2014
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    I agree. And I'll take the job. Is this really a surprise to anyone?

  • USMC Vet Nov 5, 2014

    What about felony, death by motor vehicle?

  • peace2u Nov 5, 2014

    "Exactly, make it a felony to hire these people and put the business owner or CEO in prison for about 10 years. That would stop it."

    I used to live in Dallas, Tx and the rich neighborhoods all had illegal maids and gardeners...or that was the rumor. And I bet it's true!

  • Larry Wiandt Nov 5, 2014
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    Exactly, make it a felony to hire these people and put the business owner or CEO in prison for about 10 years. That would stop it.

  • Edward Anderson Nov 5, 2014
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    "Secure the border, secure the border, secure the border!!!!" I am SO SICK of HEARING THIS!!!!!

    A FENCE, even one 15 feet tall stretching the *ENTIRE* length of the Mexico border (At the cost of umpteen bajillion dollars!) WILL NOT KEEP OUT PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE HERE!!! We will never keep people who really want to be here out. The real way to deal with illegal immigrants is to make coming to America so unattractive that they would rather go anywhere else. If they are here illegally, they are criminals. Put them in a prison with bread and water for sustenance. No beds, no tvs, no blankets, no healthcare and no toys for the children. Make them want to not be here if they get caught, then the surge of illegals will slow to a trickle.

  • NiceNSmooth Nov 5, 2014

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    Really? because I remember it was Regan that granted amnesty!!!

  • George Orwell Nov 5, 2014
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    Direct result of the federal government not enforcing the current laws.

    If a business anywhere in the world can verify my credit card in a matter of seconds, why can't E-verify work? If your caught employing illegals, it's $1000 per day, per illegal. Second offense is jail time for company officers/owners.

    Time to put the companies that support this behavior out of business.

  • Eric Rothman Nov 5, 2014
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    This POS should be taken OUT!! He has already broken our laws TWICE by coming in the country illegally. As an illegal alien (or person, or whatever) he should not have the same right we have. Those rights were for CITIZENS of the US. I hope this guy rots in HELL