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Man killed in Apex collision

Carla Romero, 20, of Angier, faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in the death of Donald Reynard.

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APEX, N.C. — A 73-year-old driver died in Apex Sunday afternoon when another driver lost control and hit his car head-on.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol charged Carla Romero, 20, of Angier, with involuntary manslaughter and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Investigators said Romero was driving at about 80 mph in a 45 mph speed zone when she hit a car driven by Donald Carl Reynard on Holly Springs Road at Winding Oak Way.

Reynard, of Bonne Terre, Mo., died at the scene, troopers said.

His wife Anna Reynard, daughter-in-law, Kenia Reynard, and 16-year-old granddaughter, Irma Andrade, were also in the car. They were taken to WakeMed.

Anna Reynard, 72, was in fair condition Monday afternoon; Reynard, 35, was in good condition; and Andrade, 16, was in critical condition.

Romero and two passengers from her Cadillac SUV, one of them a child, were also hospitalized, troopers said. Their conditions were not available Monday.

Romero was being held under a $1 million bond at the Wake County jail Monday afternoon.

During her first court appearance Monday afternoon, her attorney told a District Court judge that Romero’s SUV had a mechanical failure.

Authorities said the Reynards were in North Carolina for their grandson’s baptism.

Immigration authorities said they believe Romero is in the country illegally.

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