Update: Driver Charged In Wrong-Way Crash

5:15 PM, Mar 25, 2011   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- A 20-year-old man has been charged in connection with a crash in downtown Greensboro that killed two people early Friday morning.

Greensboro Police said the wreck happened around 2:10 a.m. Friday.

Police Sergeant T.K. Brown said he saw a 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by Ian Michael Smith of Archdale turn the wrong way on Market Street from Elm Street. Brown tried to stop the car near Greene Street before it sped away, still on the westbound side of eastbound West Market Street.

Brown said he continued to follow the car with his lights on to alert other drivers, but lost sight of the car when it went over the hill at Tate Street. That's when Brown said he pulled over and turned off his lights.

Soon after, Brown said he saw the car wreck near the intersection with Westover Terrace. The other vehicle was a small 1995 Chevrolet truck with three people inside.  The driver of the truck, Marcial Aragon Colmillo and Juan Carlos Cortes died in the crash.

Smith was charged with Driving While Impaired and Driving After Consuming Alcohol while under the age of 21.  Additional charges are pending.

In an afternoon news conference, police said Smith was taken to the hospital with several broken bones. Investigators said at the time of the crash he had an active arrest warrant for underage driving.

Officers closed West Market Street between the Market Street split and Smyres Place. It reopened by 8:30 a.m.

WFMY News 2

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