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Driver Drunk in Wreck That Killed Campbell Prof

Posted April 4, 2008 6:29 p.m. EDT
Updated April 4, 2008 10:10 p.m. EDT

— The driver of a car involved in a head-on collision last month that killed a Campbell University professor had an "extremely elevated" blood-alcohol level, according to an autopsy.

Alejandro Antonio Rivas, 46, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.29, authorities said. The legal limit fior driving is 0.08.

Rivas was northbound on U.S. Highway 701 near Newton Grove on March 15 when his vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a minivan being driven by Lewis M. Fetterman Jr., 58, of Clinton, authorities said.

Rivas and Fetterman, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Campbell, were killed. Fetterman's wife was injured in the wreck.

Rivas didn't have a driver's license, authorities said. Federal immigration agents haven't yet determined whether he was in the country illegally.