RALEIGH, NC – An 18-year-old Raleigh man who police said admitting having had eight or nine beers at a friend’s home was charged early Friday with driving while impaired after a crash in which a Wake County man was critically injured.
Police charged Carlos Yovany Zelaya of 705 Navaho Drive had an alcohol level of 0.10 in a breath test, slightly above the legal limit for driving of 0.08, when the 2005 Chevrolet van he was driving crashed broadside into a car at Capital and Highwoods boulevards just before midnight Thursday.
Officers also charged Zelaya with driving by an underage person after drinking, felony injury by vehicle and felony hit-and-run, saying he did not immediately stop. The van stopped about 75 feet past the crash scene, they said.
Police also listed his driver’s license as having been suspended for failure to keep a court date from a 2014 traffic charge.
Samuel Bowles, 49, of Annie Joe Lane, near Zebulon, was thrown from his 2009 Kia when the van hit it at about 45 mph, according to a police report of the accident. He was reported to be in critical condition at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh on Friday morning.
Police said Zelaya was driving south on Capital Boulevard in the van, owned by the construction company he works for and pulling a utility trailer. The van was in the right travel lane when it sideswiped a car on its left that had stopped and went through a red light, the report stated.
Bowles, who was headed north on Capital Boulevard, had a green light and was turning across the southbound lanes and into Highwoods Boulevard, police said. He was not wearing a seat belt, police reported.
Zelaya was booked at the Wake County Detention Center before being released on an unsecured bond.