Store Employee Charged After NC20 Fatal Crash

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An 18-year-old woman from St. Pauls, North Carolina, has been charged with selling malt beverages to an individual under the age of 21. This follows a NC20 fatal crash that resulted in two deaths in March.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety said the woman, Kenia Sorta, worked at a store in Raeford which had a permit to sell alcohol.

She was charged following an investigation by the state’s Alcohol Law Enforcement division into the deaths of 20-year-old German Mendoza Cornelio and 18-year-old Odallas Liset Carrillo Sanchez.

Cornelio was the driver. Thirty-nine-year-old Samuel Rojas was also critically injured in the crash.

The NCDPS said Cornelio bought alcohol from the store prior to the accident. However, Sgt. M.V. Strickland, of the N.C. State Highway Patrol said results of tests to determine alcohol impairment were still outstanding as of March 26.

Back on March 14, troopers responded to the scene of an NC20 fatal crash in Lumber Bridge around 7:45 a.m.

Strickland said Cornelio was driving a 2008 Nissan Frontier east on NC20 when he ran off the road to the right. Cornelio overcorrected and the pickup truck then ran off the road to the left where it started to overturn and struck two trees. 

Cornelio and Sanchez died at the scene while Rojas was airlifted to UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill.

Strickland revealed that the vehicle was traveling at 65 mph in a 35 mph zone. Alcohol was discovered in the vehicle but the crash was so severe that investigators couldn’t tell whether it had been open before the crash.

If your loved one was killed in a crash because of someone else’s actions, a North Carolina car accident lawyer may be able to secure compensation on your behalf.


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