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Murder indictment handed up in fatal Wake DWI wreck

Posted December 13, 2016 10:46 a.m. EST
Updated December 13, 2016 1:38 p.m. EST

59-year-old Pareshkumar Shah was traveling west in the westbound lanes of I-440 when he was struck head on by 40-year-old Carlos Martinez Gonzales, who was traveling eastbound.

— A Wake County grand jury on Monday indicted a man for second-degree murder for an October wreck that killed another person.

Carlos Martinez Gonzalez, 40, was originally charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired and driving without a license in the two-vehicle crash that killed 59-year-old Pareshkumar Shah. Investigators said Gonzalez was driving east in the westbound lanes of Interstate 440 in Raleigh when he crashed into Shah.

The Monday indictment of second-degree murder represents a higher charge than the original felony death by motor vehicle.

Jail records showed Gonzalez had a history of driving-related offenses, including DWI and driving with a revoked license dating back to 2006.