Crime & Courts

Driver charged in fatal head-on wreck

Luis Enrique Gomez-Espino
Luis Enrique Gomez-Espino Mecklenburg County jail

A Monroe man was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle after a passenger in his work van died in a head-on wreck on Shopton Road West in Steele Creek. The wreck also left the driver of the car that was hit in critical condition.

Police said Luis Enrique Gomez-Espino, 22, lost control of the northbound van after its right side veered onto the shoulder of the road about 5:40 p.m. Monday. Gomez overcorrected, police said, and the van slid across the double yellow lane divider, hitting the car head-on.

The van rotated after impact and rolled laterally, ejecting the van’s front-seat passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt, police said. Medic pronounced the passenger dead at the scene. Police identified the passenger as Alexis Arciga, 16.

Raymond Anthony Lipscomb, 53, was driving the 2011 Hyundai Elantra that was hit. He was in critical condition Tuesday at Carolinas Medical Center.

Gomez was treated at Carolinas Medical Center for minor injuries and released. He also was cited for having no operator’s license and is free on $1,500 bail.

Gomez and Lipscomb had seat belts on. Speed, alcohol or other drugs did not contribute to the wreck, police said.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Detective Andrew Oberer at 704-432-2169.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak