Crime & Courts

Man charged in Monroe crash that killed 2

A Rockingham County man has been charged in connection with a head-on collision last week that killed two Marshville residents, police say.

Jose Estevez Herrera, 52, of Reidsville, was taken into custody shortly after midnight Tuesday by Monroe police, with the help of the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office. Herrera has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder, driving with a license revoked and reckless driving, according to the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

The wreck, which took place Aug. 20 on U.S. 74 in Monroe, killed Laral Leslie Callahan, 70, and Paul Randall, 64. Callahan died in the crash, and Randall died about 36 hours later, according to police.

Police said Herrera was driving a 2013 Dodge Ram truck westbound on U.S. 74 when the vehicle went over the median and collided head-on with an eastbound 2001 Volvo station wagon carrying Callahan and Randall. Investigators said the force of the crash pushed the Volvo into an eastbound tractor-trailer.

Herrera suffered broken bones in the crash.

Monroe police turned over the investigation’s results to the District Attorney’s Office, and that resulted in the overnight arrest. Herrera is jailed under $200,000 bond.

State prison records show Herrera was convicted of DWI in 1996 and 2002, and driving with a revoked license in 1998 and 1999.