Monday, 22 October 2007 19:00
A Rhodhiss man faces five felony charges, including felony
death by vehicle, after a Saturday morning crash left a Mitchell County woman
Jose Delgado was taken into custody early yesterday after he spent the
night at Frye Regional Medical Center, receiving treatment for injuries
sustained in the crash.
26-year-old April Cooper of Bakersville was one of the five
occupants of a northbound Saturn on U.S. 321. The Saturn was stopped in the left
travel lane at the new Wal-Mart intersection, highway patrol says. When Delgado
merged to make a left turn at the light, he failed to reduce his speed and
crashed into the Saturn from the rear.
Cooper was killed. Delgado was extricated from his Chevrolet
Blazer by rescue personnel. Troopers say alcohol probably contributed to the
accident, but only a toxicology report will know for sure. Delgado, who also
received a DWI charge, is an illegal alien, police say, who admitted to
purchasing a social security card. His speed, a big factor in the severity of
the accident, was estimated to be 60 mph.
Cooper, a mother of three, is the thirteenth vehicular
fatality in Caldwell County this year.