Man charged with DWI in Winston-Salem crash that killed another man


North Point Boulevard at University Parkway in Winston-Salem (Google Maps)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A man faces a DWI charge after police said he ran a red light in Winston-Salem and crashed into a car, killing the driver.

Robert Taylor Downey, 50, of Winston-Salem, faces charges in connection to a wreck that killed 63-year-old Clinton Robert Edwards of Cana, Va.

Winston-Salem police said the crash happened at the intersection of North Point Boulevard at University Parkway shortly before 10 p.m. Friday.

The suspect was driving a 1995 Ford F-150 truck southbound on University Parkway and ran a red light at North Point Boulevard, according to police.

The truck went into the intersection and struck a Honda Civic, driven by the victim headed eastbound on North Point Boulevard, police said.

Edwards was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. He had a female passenger who was taken to an area hospital for minor injuries.

The suspect was also treated at a hospital and charged with driving while impaired and driving with a revoked license. Further charges are pending as the investigation is ongoing.

Winston-Salem police said this is the city’s eighth fatality this year, as compared to 12 at this time in 2015.

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