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One Dead, Several Injured In Sunday Morning Collision

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Raleigh police confirm that one person was killed Sunday morning and several others were injured in a two-vehicle accident at the

2900 block of South Wilmington Street


Shortly before 10 a.m., authorities said the driver of a 1987 Cadillac Deville was traveling south in the northbound lanes of South Wilmington Street when it collided head-on into a 1994 Ford F-150 extended cab pickup truck.

The driver of the Cadillac, C.J. Hooks, 87, of Smithfield, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two adults and three children in the pickup truck were transported to Wake Med. They were identified as Ramiro Lopez Liborio, 28, who was driving; Olivia Maceda-Roque, 23; Lizbet Lopez Maceda, 5; Liced Lopez Maceda, 5; and Luis Lopez Maceda, 6. Lizbet Lopez Maceda and Liced Lopez Maceda were listed in good condition as of 5 p.m. Sunday. The other passengers were treated and later released.

A spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department said the collision occurred in the innermost lane near the median on the four-lane South Wilmington Street. Investigators had not determined how far Hooks had been traveling in the wrong direction.

The Smithfield Police Department had received a missing person report concerning Hooks earlier Sunday morning. Hooks, who had Alzheimer's disease, was last been seen by his wife at about 7 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities have not said whether any charges would be filed in the accident.

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