Man charged in DUI crash on I-40 in Bellevue that killed three men

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A man is charged with three counts of vehicular homicide by intoxication, felony drug possession, and driving without a license in a March crash on Interstate 40 between a landscaping truck and a tractor-trailer that killed three men.

According to MNPD, 31-year-old Guillermo Montalvo-Lopez, also known as William Lopez-Cruz, is in Metro Jail being held on $81,000 bond. He had been recovering at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was taken into custody upon discharge.

Guillermo Montalvo-Lopez
Guillermo Montalvo-Lopez / William Lopez-Cruz (Source: MNPD)

Metro police say the three men killed have been identified as Abraham Carranza-Martinez, 32, Ignacio Fuenes, 18, and Adrian Ramose-Arista, 36.

According to police, the crash happened at around 4 p.m. Thursday, March 11 when a tractor-trailer pulled off the interstate onto the right shoulder to check on a possible mechanical problem. Montalvo-Lopez (Lopez-Cruz), the driver of a 2016 Isuzu NPR, was traveling eastbound in the right lane of I-40 when, for reasons unknown, the truck drifted onto the right shoulder and crashed into the rear of the tractor-trailer.

Carranza-Martinez and Ramos-Arista died at the scene. Carranza-Martinez was Montalvo-Lopez’s front seat passenger, while Ramos-Arista was one of Montalvo-Lopez’s back seat passengers.

Fuenes, the other back seat passenger, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died the next day. Montalvo-Lopez was the only one wearing a seatbelt.

Toxicology testing showed a presence of methamphetamine, oxycodone, ketamine, and ephedrine in Montalvo-Lopez’s blood. A white crystal substance and a folded dollar bill which also contained a powdery substance was obtained from Montalvo-Lopez after the crash.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

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