Driver hits two pedestrians in accident caused by texting and alcohol

mhankerson@newsobserver.comNovember 15, 2013 

— An Angier man faces four traffic citations, including a DWI charge after injuring two pedestrians in an accident Thursday night.

North Carolina Highway Patrol said Tony Richardson of 47 Straight St., Angier was headed east on the U.S. 64 off-ramp at Marshburn Road near Lizard Lick when his car ran off the road and struck an unoccupied tractor and then a car.

Two pedestrians, Sixto Gallegos of Wendell and Alejandro Macias of Zebulon, both 26, were working on a trailer hitched to the car. After Richardson, 47, hit the tractor, his car also hit the trailer and Gallegos and Macias.

Gallegos and Macias were brought to WakeMed in Raleigh. Macias was brought to the emergency room but was not admitted to the hospital. The hospital could not confirm the condition of Gallegos.

Richardson’s blood alcohol level registered .11 percent, about .03 higher than the legal limit. Authorities also noted in the incident report that Richardson was texting when his car went off the road.

In addition to a DWI charge, Richardson faces charges for driving without a seatbelt, texting while driving and driving with an expired registration and inspection.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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