1 killed, 1 injured in head-on crash in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — One person is dead and another injured after police said a sport utility vehicle and a car collided head-on Monday in Winston-Salem.

Police said it happened around 7:30 a.m. in the 3700 block of Thomasville Road after witnesses said a 2001 Ford Explorer crossed the center line.

Witnesses said the Explorer continued in the wrong direction, headed east in west bound lanes, and struck a 1997 Honda Accord head-on.

The crash’s impact caused the Explorer to flip onto its right side and the Accord to go off the road, witnesses said.

Police said the Accord’s driver was pronounced dead at the scene. She was identified as 36-year-old Melina Elizabeth Hernandez of Thomasville.

The Explorer’s driver, 39-year-old David Nelson Yee of Winston-Salem, was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police did not say if alcohol or speed were expected to be factors. It remains uncertain if charges will be filed.

Authorities said the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit was notified and assumed the investigation.

The crash marks Winston-Salem’s fourteenth motor vehicle fatality of 2013.

Anyone with any information can call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 773-7700.

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