ZEBULON, NC (The News & Observer) – Police on Wednesday added a charge of misdemeanor death by vehicle against a man accused of running a red light April 3, resulting in the death of a man from Bunn.
Ramiro Ramirez, 44, of 11 Edgerton St. in Smithfield was charged originally with failure to stop for a red light and driving without a license.
The accident happened on North Arendell Avenue at the exit ramp to U.S. 64. Police said Ramirez failed to stop his van and collided with a vehicle driven by Lorine Jones.
Jones was turning off the highway onto North Arendell with her husband, George Milton Jones, a passenger. Both were taken to the hospital, and George Milton Jones died from his injuries Monday, police said. Jones was 88.
Lorine Jones continues to recover from the crash, police said.
Ramirez turned himself in to Zebulon police about 2 p.m. Wednesday and was taken to the Wake County jail.
After his arrest, federal Department of Homeland Security officials issued a notice saying it appeared that Ramirez is in the U.S. illegally. The agency filed a request asking for Ramirez to be held for 48 hours at the end of his involvement with the Zebulon charge.