DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Durham police have charged a driver in a deadly crash that ejected himself and two other people in the early morning hours of July 26.
According to authorities, officers responded to a crash in the area of Junction Road and Inlet Avenue around 2:30 a.m.
The crash happened when a car driven by Everardo Garcia left the roadway and Garcia overcorrected causing the vehicle to go airborne, police said in news release on July 28.
The vehicle then hit a utility pole and a tree off the road in nearby woods, also knocking down some powerlines.
Passenger Paulo Mendoza died at the scene, the release said.
Garcia and the other passenger were taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries.
“Preliminary investigation indicates that speed and alcohol are believed to be factors involved in the collision,” police said Wednesday.
A warrant released on Friday confirmed that Garcia admitted to consuming beer before driving the vehicle. Open containers of beer were found inside if the vehicle.
Additionally, roadway evidence indicates speed and careless and reckless driving were involved in the collision. Garcia was cited for driving while impaired and driving while license revoked, police said.
Furthermore, a warrant for arrest was issued for Garcia for second-degree murder, aggravated felony death, aggravated felony serious injury, careless and reckless driving and no car insurance.