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Monday, March 21, 2016
Who Was 485 Wrong Way Driver Luis Carlos Menacho?
The local press is often wrong about the details and then there is always a vacuum of information after the initial buzz of breaking news fades.
From WBTV: Two people died in a head-on collision in south Charlotte early Sunday caused by a driver traveling in the wrong direction on Interstate 485.
The crash happened just after 2 a.m. on the outer loop near Providence Road, according to N.C. Highway Patrol.
The driver was traveling the wrong way for miles when he eventually hit another vehicle. Both drivers were killed.
A third vehicle sideswiped the wrong-way vehicle after the fatal collision, but that driver was not seriously hurt, according to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner.
Troopers were not able to say if speed or alcohol was a factor.
All I-485 outer loop lanes were closed as troopers investigated the crash.
But according to CP sources Luis Carlos Menacho, 29 was traveling east on 485 in the west bound lanes when his car struck a west bound vehicle driven by 25-year-old Victor Castillo.
Westbound would be considered the 485 "Inner" loop. Calls to 911 suggest the Menacho may entered 485 at Rea Road via the inner exit ramp to Rea Road. But it is possible that he entered 485 in the wrong direction as far away as South Blvd.
North Carolina State Troopers and CMPD expect that intersection video cameras captured Menacho at some point and will shed light on how it is that he ended up traveling in the wrong direction.
It is nearly impossible to enter 485 at Johnston Road going in the wrong direction, but at South Blvd and Rea Road its entirely plausible that someone highly intoxicated would turn left on to the off ramp a mistake that happens enough in broad daylight.
A check of Luis Carlos Mencho yields very little in the way of solid information. Records for Carlos Menacho turn up a Charlotte resident age 45 with 2 addresses and no known family in the area. A younger Menacho has 2 federal cases in the Western District of North Carolina which would include Charlotte.
To the local main stream media Luis Carlos Mencho is a ghost, but to people who live in South Charlotte Mencho is the worst sort of nightmare parents fear.
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article67190572.html#storylink=cpy