A Winston-Salem man has been indicted on charges that he was driving 18 mph over the speed limit, causing a wreck that killed a 74-year-old woman and a Mount Airy couple.
Gabriel Lopez Cruz, 34, of West Meadow Drive, was formally charged Monday with three counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, and one count of exceeding the posted speed, according to court documents.
The wreck happened at 1:48 p.m. on Aug. 29, 2018, on University Parkway at the entrance ramp to northbound U.S. 52.
Winston-Salem police said Florence Boothe was driving a 2013 Nissan Rouge and was turning left from northbound University Parkway onto the on-ramp. According to authorities, Cruz was driving a 2016 Ford Transit van and hit Boothe’s SUV on the passenger side. Pamela Akers, 59, was in the front passenger seat and her husband, Eddie Dean Akers, 64, was in the real passenger seat. They both died at the scene.
Boothe was taken to a hospital with injuries that authorities initially said were not life-threatening. However, she died Sept. 1, 2018, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Cruz was treated for minor injuries at Forsyth Medical Center.
A witness told Winston-Salem police that he was driving south on University in the left lane and that Cruz’s van passed him at an excessive speed, according to a search warrant.
Police evaluated the airbag control module in Cruz’s van and it showed that, less than five seconds before the wreck, Cruz was driving 63 mph in a 45 mph zone.
University Parkway at U.S. 52 was closed for 51/2 hours because of the wreck.
No court date in Forsyth Superior Court has been set for Lopez-Cruz.