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Driver charged in crash-death of Louisburg man

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WAKE FOREST — A man who troopers say ran a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle on Louisburg Road earlier this month was charged with the death of another driver.

Sosimo Ramirez-Martinez, 36, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle in connection to the Dec. 14 crash that killed 76-year-old Joseph Coy Bell.

According to a crash report from the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Ramirez-Martinez was driving a 2015 Ram van, owned by Gabina Carpenter Inc., east on Moores Pond Road, about three miles east of Wake Forest.

Ramirez-Martinez drove through a stop sign at the intersection to Louisburg Road (U.S. Highway 401) without stopping or yielding to oncoming traffic, according to the crash report.

A 2005 Honda passenger car driven by Bell crashed into Ramirez-Martinez’s van. Both vehicles ran off the road and into a ditch.

Bell died as a result of the injuries. Ramirez-Martinez and passenger Benito Gabino Buehaventura had minor injuries. All involved were wearing seat belts.

Ramirez-Martinez, of Monk Drive in Raleigh, was also charged with driving without an operator’s license and failure to stop for a stop sign.