WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A teenager is dead after a crash on West Clemmonsville Road, according to Winston-Salem police.
At about 6:35 a.m., officers responded to the two-vehicle crash on the 1900 block of W. Clemmonsville Road.
Police say a Jeep Liberty, driven by 18-year-old Manuel Gaspar Mendez, of Winston-Salem, was headed east on the road as a Ford F-250 was headed west.
The Jeep then crossed over into the westbound lane.
The two vehicles crashed at an angle.
Mendez died at the scene. The driver of the F250 was not injured.
Mendez recently graduated high school.
Members of his family told FOX8 he planned to work for a year and then head off to college.
“[The road is] getting very busy,” said Mona Faggione, who lives near where the crash happened.
She says traffic has picked up on West Clemmonsville Road since the Business 40 closure.
She feels there’s also been an increase in crashes.
“I’d say three accidents just in the last two years right past my house. Cars have ended up in our neighbor's front yard,” Faggione said.
The speed limit is 45 and there is a curve before the crash site.
Members of Mendez’s family picked up a piece of his Jeep from the site hours after the crash. They gathered at a family member's home, mourning his death.
Police report this wreck marks the 10th motor vehicle fatality in Winston-Salem this year.
A GoFundMe has been set up for the family.