Man charged in fatal I-440 accident

May 27, 2008 8:44:55 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.

The driver, 30-year-old Francisco Martinez of Knightdale, was not seriously injured. He is out of the hospital and in jail under $126,000 bond. He went through the magistrate Tuesday night.

He is charged 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.

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. Sunday near the Capital Boulevard ramp.