Apex, N.C. — A 73-year-old driver died in Apex Sunday afternoon when another driver lost control and hit his car head-on.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol charged Carla Romero, 20, of Angier, with involuntary manslaughter and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
Investigators said Romero was driving at about 80 mph in a 45 mph speed zone when she hit a car driven by Donald Carl Reynard on Holly Springs Road at Winding Oak Way.
Reynard, of Bonne Terre, Mo., died at the scene, troopers said.
His wife Anna Reynard, daughter-in-law, Kenia Reynard, and 16-year-old granddaughter, Irma Andrade, were also in the car. They were taken to WakeMed.
Anna Reynard, 72, was in fair condition Monday afternoon; Reynard, 35, was in good condition; and Andrade, 16, was in critical condition.
Romero and two passengers from her Cadillac SUV, one of them a child, were also hospitalized, troopers said. Their conditions were not available Monday.
Romero was being held under a $1 million bond at the Wake County jail Monday afternoon.
During her first court appearance Monday afternoon, her attorney told a District Court judge that Romero’s SUV had a mechanical failure.
Authorities said the Reynards were in North Carolina for their grandson’s baptism.
Immigration authorities said they believe Romero is in the country illegally.