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Meredith College student charged in wrong-way I-40 crash

Posted November 15, 2015
Updated November 16, 2015

Julia Margaret Fritschel was charged with DWI, having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, careless and reckless driving, and driving the wrong way on an interstate. Authorities said that additional charges are pending.
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— One woman was charged Sunday in connection to a wrong-way crash that resulted in a car fire on Interstate 40 in Raleigh.

Authorities said that a red Audi driven by Meredith College student Julia Margaret Fritschel, 21, was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 near Jones Sausage Road just before 6 a.m.. The Audi collided head-on with a silver PT Cruiser, driven by Chandra Waletha Green, 41, resulting in the car catching fire.

Fritschel was taken to WakeMed with non-life threatening injuries. She was charged with DWI, having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, careless and reckless driving, and driving the wrong way on an interstate. Authorities said that additional charges are pending.

Green was taken to WakeMed with serious injuries and was in critical condition early Monday.

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  • Dana McCall Nov 16, 2015
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    We need self-driving cars.

  • Sean Creasy Nov 16, 2015
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    How do you even not notice that you are going the wrong way on I-40? Even at my drunkest, back when I used to drink, I couldn't even pronounce my name and still could have told whether I was driving on the right side of the road or not.. Maybe there should be a special college class required for these over privileged kids called Common Sense and Respect For Others 101....

  • John Snow Nov 15, 2015
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    She had an open container and so was still drinking, as she was driving, at almost 6 in the morning??? No sympathy for this one.

  • Mitch Darroch Nov 15, 2015
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    I have had property damage with the vehicle in my yard with my fence wrapped around the vehicle with stolen tags no insurance, and no way recover damages, this lady was wrong but she will pay for wrongs, and others well they run.

  • Aaron Whaley Nov 15, 2015
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    No, however she DID get in a car impaired, drive it and severely injure someone. That is a FAIL no matter how you look at it. The fact that she has a pending DUI and was still driving is totally unacceptable. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Privileges can and should be suspended when abused.

  • betsymillsaps Nov 15, 2015

    Wht was she driving in tbe first place. She should have had her license taken the first time. Usually they do ahe hasn't even been to court on that charge yet. Guess "Daddy's money" is hiring a really good attorney. So tired of drunks getting off like this. My heart goes out to Mrs Green and all her family. She was on her way to work, a productive member of society. What a shame a drunk irresponsible individual was allow to stop her progress.

  • Lisa Fremont Nov 15, 2015
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    Gotta love how the WRAL Out and About ad pops up over the mobile version of this article promoting pictures of last night's bar photos.

  • Mitch Darroch Nov 15, 2015
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    I am sure this young lady did not set out to harm anyone , yet a bad thing did happen , so we judge her, she will have to live with this and yet we judge, who knows what life has dealt this person? Lets leave judgement to the one that needs to judge.

  • Edward Tilley Nov 15, 2015
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    I hope that the drunk driver will go to prison for a long time- but i suspect that will not happen.

  • Ann Hackett Nov 15, 2015
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    When will these people learn .......driving drunk can ruin your life and the lives of others

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