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Rhodhiss man faces Felony charges: Death by vehicle PDF Print
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 dead.

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.
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