Alejandrino Cruz De La Cruz, of Siler City, died Saturday night in the head-on collision.
It happened just before 8 p.m. on N.C. Highway 87, about two miles south of Sanford.
The Highway Patrol said that a 2000 Dodge pick-up truck driven by Donald Ray Harness Jr. crossed the center line, hitting the 2000 Isuzu in which Cruz was a passenger.
Cruz, 31, was killed.
Harness, 36, was taken by helicopter to UNC Hospitals, where he was listed in fair condition. The driver of the Isuzu received minor injuries.
Alcohol was a factor in the crash and charges are pending, troopers said.