Published: Aug 12, 2012 12:00 AM
Modified: Aug 13, 2012 07:49 AM
APEX - State troopers charged an Apex resident with not having a driver’s license and running from the scene of a crash that claimed the lives of two people on Stephenson Road near the Cary and Apex town lines Saturday afternoon.
Abel Reyes Lara, 32, of 1016 Gilby Ave. was being held in the Wake County Jail Sunday on $500 bond and a detention request from federal immigration officials. Troopers charged him with not having a license and with resisting, delaying and obstructing police by running away. Police from several jurisdictions and Wake County sheriff’s deputies searched for Lara after witnesses told first responders that he had been seen going into woods.
Troopers said the people killed were Francisco Gonzalez, 26, of 1027 Malkham St. in Apex, and Ramiro Arroyo-Rosales, 30, of 1022 Malkham St. Both men were riding in the 1997 Dodge pickup truck that troopers said Lara was driving, but they were thrown from the truck when it went off the road and rolled over, so it was not known if they were in the cab or in the bed.
According to a report by Tpr. J.L. Taylor, Lara’s pickup was headed north on Stephenson Road when it crossed the center line and sideswiped a vehicle going south. The pickup then ran off the right side of the road, Taylor wrote.
Two other people were hurt, but the extent of their injuries was unknown. Wake County EMS dispatched several ambulances to the wreck along with firefighters.
The accident happened just after 1 p.m. Troopers closed Stephenson Road while they investigated.
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