Accident kills 3 on Interstate 440

May 25, 2008 2:34:31 PM PDT
Authorities have charged a man with driving while intoxicated and several felonies after police say he drove his van the wrong direction on Interstate 440, slamming into another vehicle and killing three.

Thirty-year-old Francisco Javier Martinez was charged Sunday with DWI, three counts of felony death by motor vehicle and two counts of felony injury by motor vehicle.

Police say a van going the wrong way on the Beltline plowed head-on into a car. Martinez was also injured.

A police report shows the wreck killed 26-year-old Guillermo Zintzun Jimenez, 21-year-old Dagoberto Zintzun Jimenez and 14-year-old Santiago Pascual Tellez. They were all from the Raleigh area.

It happened on Interstate 440 around 4:30 a.m. near the Capital Boulevard ramp.

The interstate reopened after shutting down traffic on part of the beltline for four hours.