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Man wanted after driving impaired during fatal crash, police say

Gabino Hernandez Nunez is accused of causing a crash that left one man dead on Feb. 24.

STATESVILLE, N.C. — Police are searching for a man they say was impaired during a crash that left a man dead in February.

According to the Statesville Police Department, the crash happened on Feb. 24, Gabino Hernandez Nunez was driving a 1995 Honda Civic on E. Broad Street when he crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a 2007 Honda Civic.

The occupants of both vehicles were transported to a local hospital. Hernandez Nunez was released from the hospital but one of the passengers of his car, Juvencio Mata Carbajal, was pronounced dead two days later.

Police say speed and impairment played a factor in the crash.

Nunez Hernandez was initially charged with driving while impaired.

After Mata Carbajal's death, police are now looking to charge Hernandez Nunez with felony death by motor vehicle, two counts of felony serious injury by motor vehicle, no operator license, and reckless driving to endanger.

Credit: Statesville Police Department
Gabino Hernandez Nunez

Statesville police are seeking to locate Hernandez Nunez. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact (704) 878-3406.

Note: WCNC instituted a new policy in March 2021 regarding the broadcast or posting of mugshots. 

 WCNC will only air or post a mugshot if the person has been formally charged with a crime and in a few other cases. The exceptions include: If it appears the person could be a danger to themselves or others or if they are wanted by authorities; to differentiate between people with a common name; if the photos could encourage more victims to come forward. The news-editorial leadership may also decide to use a mugshot based on the severity of the crime(s) committed and/or the level of public interest in the crime and ensuing criminal proceedings.

WCNC Charlotte is choosing to show the mugshots of the suspects in this case because Hernandez Nunez is wanted by police.

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