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Troopers: Driver killed in I-40 wreck was traveling in reverse

Posted February 21, 2016
Updated February 22, 2016

Officials said one person died early Sunday morning in a two-car wreck on I-40.

— Officials said a Honda car was traveling in reverse on Interstate 40 early Sunday morning when another car crashed into it, killing the Honda's driver.

A 2010 Honda was being driven by 39-year-old Benito Porras Martinez on I-40 at Old Reedy Creek Road, which is near Aviation Parkway, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The Honda was traveling in reverse when a white Chevrolet car crashed into it just before 3 a.m.

The driver of the Chevy, Nichole Lakishia Johnson, 30, of Annapolis, Md., and passenger Lakhisa Beatrice Matthews, 35, of Philadelphia, were taken to Duke University Hospital. Johnson was treated and released, while Matthews was listed in good condition.

A passenger in the Honda, Yomini Florentin Vasquez, 28, of Durham, was taken to WakeMed with minor injuries.

Investigators believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash, though it's unclear why the driver of the Honda was traveling in reverse.


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  • John Gardner Feb 22, 2016
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    I do resent the use of the term "white bread" there pokey. Get a vocabulary please. I will define what vocabulary means if you need.

  • Doug Bogard Feb 22, 2016
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    The largest Wake County racial/ethnic groups are White (61.4%) followed by Black (20.4%) and Hispanic (9.9%).

    Based on your numbers and census info, your right about males and wrong about whites.

  • Lori Coble Feb 22, 2016
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    Having lived with an alcoholic that choose to drive drunk on numerous occasions I have no sympathy for this driver; however, I do feel bad for his family and my prayers are with them. To those who want to make racial comments, here is are some statistics that an attorney got from ONE day in Wake Co Court!

    There were a total of 3,459 DWIs pending; 83 percent (2,869 DWIs) were in District Court. 17 percent (590 DWIs) were in Superior Court.

    Of the total DWIs, the racial break down was – 64% white, 27% black, 6% Hispanic, 1% Asian, .5% Indian; 72% male & 28% female.

    Looks like white males are the ones with the most DWIs!

  • Matt Clinton Feb 22, 2016
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    I'm glad the drunk didn't take anyone's life but his own. All too often it's the innocent who suffer and die while the drunk gets off easy.

  • Marty Baker Feb 21, 2016
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    This is called "thinning of the herd".

  • Stacie Hagwood Feb 21, 2016
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    Or a white doctor gets inebriated and kills a woman....

  • Sonja Yagel Feb 21, 2016
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    Maybe he thought he was back in Mexico.

  • Tandy Dawgy Feb 21, 2016
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    Yeah just like UNC white bread that took out that African American family while DUI. Is that what you are talking about?

  • Maggie Foege Feb 21, 2016
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    I need to believe this is not a serious comment. I don't usually comment here, but how racist do you have to be to say something like that? Caucasians drive drunk all the time. Wrong side of the road. I'm so done with the level of ignorance, racism and hate in this country. Someone died. Peace be with his family.

  • Anne Ruybal Feb 21, 2016
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    Rest in peace.