High Point man charged with DWI in fatal Durham wreck

Feb. 17, 2013 @ 03:48 PM

A two-vehicle wreck on I-40 near N.C. 54 left one person dead early Sunday morning, and police have charged the other driver with driving while impaired.

The accident occurred about 3:40 a.m., and the Durham Police Department closed that section of the interstate until about 9:30 a.m. while they investigated the wreck. Traffic was detoured off the highway at the N.C. 54 interchange.

After they opened the highway, investigators remained on the scene taking measurements as a tow truck backed up to take a heavily damaged black four-door car from the scene. The accident occurred when an eastbound Honda Civic driven by Raul Herrera, 31, of High Point swerved into the back of an eastbound Nissan Maxima, according to Durham Police Department investigators. The impact caused both vehicles to go off the road and overturn.

The driver of the Maxima was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released pending notification of relatives.

Herrera, the driver of the Honda, was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening. Investigators charged him with driving while impaired.

There were no passengers in either vehicle, and both vehicles were total losses, according to police.