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Trooper: Man drove wrong way on I-95, caused crash

Posted March 14, 2010
Updated March 15, 2010

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— Troopers charged a 34-year-old man with impaired and reckless driving Sunday morning after he drove an SUV the wrong way on Interstate 95 and crashed into a tractor-trailer, authorities said.

Aurturo Cristino was driving south in the northbound lanes of I-95 near the the Johnston-Wilson County line around 4 a.m. Sunday, said Trooper Sinch.

Cristino's SUV hit a tractor-trailer head on near Exit 97 and the tractor part of the truck burned to the ground, Sinch said.

The truck driver survived. Cristino suffered minor injuries and was being treated at Johnston County Medical Center. Southbound lanes of I-95 were closed while crews cleared the scene.

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  • validpoint Mar 16, 2010

    "Leo-nc: Gee.....it sure got quiet after that one, didn't it?"

    Actually, I went to work. I have better things to do than sit around and refresh this page all day long, just so I can throw out insults and spread hate.

  • leo-nc Mar 15, 2010

    "I really don't know what race has to do with this story anyway. It is the fact that the man was intoxicated that matters, not the fact that he is Spanish. Or Black. God FORBID white. And let me just say this to laursadad, you are certainly acting racist and sexist all in one paragraph. Shame."----

    So tell me this. If it has nothing to do with that, or at least the hispanic culture, then explain to me why they are three times more likely to drive drunk? Just curious how you're going to explain that. All but ONE of the serious wrecks I've seen involving drunk drivers have been hispanics driving drunk, then killing someone. All but one in the past few years. How do you explain that?

  • validpoint Mar 15, 2010

    I really don't know what race has to do with this story anyway. It is the fact that the man was intoxicated that matters, not the fact that he is Spanish. Or Black. God FORBID white. And let me just say this to laursadad, you are certainly acting racist and sexist all in one paragraph.
    Shame..

  • Blueboxinggloves Mar 15, 2010

    6079 SMITH W - VERY WELL SAID!!!

  • BubbaDuke Mar 15, 2010

    I'm with you Leo-nc. How many wrecks have we had in this area caused by Hispanics under the influence? And how many of those were caused by illegals? Far too many. The only thing more dangerous than a woman on a cell phone is a Hispanic behind the wheel of any motor vehicle. That last part is my own bigotted, and correct, opinion.

  • leo-nc Mar 15, 2010

    "My point is, this happens all the time with all kinds of people"---

    The point is that you have no point. If you look at the REAL numbers, you'll see what we are talking about here. Hispanics are more than 3 times more likely to drive drunk then white or blacks. That's not racist. That is FACT, and it's proven time and time again when I'm out on the road doing my job. I see more and more of it. I wouldn't be surprised if that number has gone up. I don't go looking for hispanic DWI's either, it's just that they seem to be everywhere. It's sad, but until we realize this and do something about the root of the problem, it'll never change. So spare me your holier than thou remarks when the truth is, you don't have a clue as to what you are saying.

  • RMT-NC Mar 15, 2010

    I'll ask WRAL again (1st post wasn't posted )- WHY does your story not match the picture & it's caption? I watched the mile marker 97 wreck right after it happened. You had both stories on here yesterday, why are combined & all mixed up now?

  • ncmickey Mar 15, 2010

    Why cant I post a link, GOLO mods??

    http://www.wral.com/news/news_briefs/story/7232473/

  • 6079 SMITH W Mar 15, 2010

    OK, so we don't know about this "gentleman's" legal status.....it is not a racial issue, but a cultural issue. The culture this "gentleman" comes from does not have the same social stigma about driving VERY drunk as the culture that he now lives in does...two people were involved in this culture clash in the last few days locally...and one of them died. If the person in the wreck on I-95 had been in a car, he would be dead too. How many is too many? Political correctness comes at a price, and ignoring this problem will not make it go away....neither will calling people who are fed up with it "racists". That is an unfair assumption to make, although it does have a nice PC ring to it.....

  • ncmickey Mar 15, 2010

    My point is, this happens all the time with all kinds of people. In this case, the story is he was drunk. THAT is the problem... There is another story on here right now about an excact kind of accident in Georgia. No one questioning that persons immigration status, probably cause his name doesnt sound Latino.
    Stop the drunk drivers!!

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