CLAYTON – U.S. immigration officials have placed a detainer on a woman charged in a fatal Johnston County wreck.
On April 2nd at 6:46am, the Highway Patrol says 22 year-old Nancy Berenice Ramirez Gonzalez of Gorman Street, Raleigh was traveling eastbound on Jack Road near Clayton when she ran off the roadway in a curve. The SUV struck a driveway culvert and overturned several times before coming to rest on its wheels.
A rear seat passenger, Jorge Luis Ibarra Verdin, 26, of Raleigh was ejected and died at the scene. Gonzalez and a front seat passenger, Olga Romo of Clayton, were transported to WakeMed in Raleigh for treatment of serious injuries.
On Monday, Nancy Gonzalez was released from the hospital and formally charged with felony death by motor vehicle. According to the arrest warrant, Gonzalez was impaired at the time of the collision. Troopers have not said if the impairment was due to alcohol or narcotics.
Gonzalez is being held in the Johnston County Jail under a $500,000 bond on the felony death by motor vehicle charge. She is also being held under an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer. ICE officials have not responded to our emails seeking more information about Gonzalez.
Scene photo by John Payne