CLAYTON – NC Alcohol Law Enforcement agents and the State Highway Patrol say a teenager was provided alcohol at a Halloween Party a short time before he died in a high speed car crash in Johnston County.
Two people have now been charged with giving alcohol to 18 year-old Ivan Miguel Pastrana-Vega during a party at a home in Knightdale. Pastrana-Vega was killed on I-40 at Cornwallis Road near Clayton after wrecking his car at 4:56am Sunday, October 31st. The single vehicle accident was not discovered until 7:32am.
According to new information from investigators, Pastrana-Vega reportedly attended a Halloween Party with Eduardo Sanchez-Benitez, 18, of Garner at the home of Yesica Villafana, 20, of Knightdale. The accident victim was allegedly provided a mixed alcoholic drink by Sanchez-Benitez and had also been consuming beer while at Villafana’s residence.
The fatal crash occurred after Pastrana-Vega left the party and was headed eastbound on I-40 traveling to his western Johnston County home, not far from Angier.
Eduardo Sanchez-Benitez was cited this week by state alcohol law enforcement agents with three offenses: possession of a mixed beverage under 19, giving a mixed beverage to a person under age 21, and aiding and abetting possession of a mixed beverage.
Yesica Villfana was cited by ALE with aiding and abetting allowing consumption of alcohol while on her premises knowing Pastrana-Vega was under age 21.
Troopers said the 18 year-old was traveling an estimated 100 miles per hour on Interstate 40 when he struck a deer with his silver 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The car traveled off the roadway into the median and struck a guardrail then rolled over striking a concrete bridge column with the roof.
Highway Patrol First Sgt. R.B. Maynard said state troopers and Alcohol Law Enforcement agents worked tirelessly to retrace the events leading up to the crash and cite those who allegedly providing alcohol to the underage driver.
“Even though something as seemingly innocent as giving a friend a beer can have deadly consequences, including civil and criminal charges for those that allow it to happen. What may not seem like a big deal can be a big deal,” Sgt. Maynard said. “The consequences of giving someone an alcoholic beverage at your residence follow when they leave the house.”
Ivan Pastrana-Vega was a 2021 graduate at West Johnston High School near Benson where he was the captain of the soccer team. He worked at a Selma area tire shop and enjoyed playing soccer in his spare time. He was the oldest of two children.