Alamance Co. man sentenced in deadly wreck

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GRAHAM, N.C. — A man received more than three years in prison for a wreck that killed one teen and left another man paralyzed July in Burlington.

The Burlington Times-News reported that Curtis Lynn Lutterloh, 29, of Haw River, pleaded guilty Tuesday for killing Darren Michael Jones, 17, and injuring Carl Benjamin Wheeler, 38, both of Burlington.

Lutterloh was sentenced for driving drunk and smashing into the back of a van being pushed along Interstate 40/85 exit 147 by Jones and Wheeler on July 24.

The crash caused Jones to go through the windshield of Lutterloh’s Ford and Wheeler’s leg was severed.  Lutterloh was driving an estimated 65 mph.

Jones was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead the next morning. Wheeler remained hospitalized until late October.

The wreck left Wheeler not only paralyzed, but unable to speak, see or care of himself.

Tests determined Lutterloh’s blood-alcohol level was .19. The legal limit is .08.

Lutterloh was sentenced to 25 to 39 for Jones’ death and another 16 to 20 months for Wheeler’s injury.

He was also ordered to pay Jones’ family $3,181 in restitution and any money he earns through work release be paid in restitution to the Wheeler family,

Read more: The Burlington Times-News.