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'This dude's going to kill somebody': 911 caller witnesses DWI suspect before crash

A driver had been followed a man suspected driving while impaired for miles while on the phone with 911 before a fatal crash occurred.

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Pablo Hernandez suspected of DUI
Kathryn Brown
, WRAL anchor/reporter
SELMA, N.C. — A call to 911 is shedding light into what happened before a fatal crash in Johnston County.

Four cars were involved in a crash at N.C. Highway 96 and N.C. Highway 42 on Oct. 6 that killed one person.

Pablo Hernandez is charged with death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired.

Another driver had been following Hernandez for miles while on the phone with 911.

“This dude’s going to kill somebody,” the caller states.

Less than 10 minutes after the caller saw Hernandez run two cars off the road, the crash happened.

Investigators say Hernandez crossed the center line and caused a chain reaction crash that left seven people injured and 34-year-old Katherine Parker, of Kenly, dead.

The 911 caller watched it unfold, screaming while the dispatcher asks if the suspect crashed.


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