I-40 Back Open After Chase Ends In Deadly Crash

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- One person is dead and another is in critical condition following a late-night chase Thursday.

The chase started in Asheboro near a Subway according to Randleman Police. Officers told WFMY News 2 they recieved a disturbance call when the chase began in Asheboro.

Greensboro police say Randleman police called them around 10:15 p.m. about a chase coming into the city through 220 North to I-40. During the chase, the suspect, 46-year-old Ronnie Fichera, who was driving a Ford Expedition, got off at the High Point Road exit and drove around Four Seasons Mall.

The suspect then got back onto I-40 at High Point Road and began driving westbound in the eastbound lane. Police said law enforcement agencies did not follow the suspect onto I-40 because they believed it to be a danger issue.

The suspect then drove about a mile and hit another car head-on. The victim, 22-year-old Reagan Hartley, was in a Volvo convertible during the collision and died on the way to the hospital, according to police.

Another vehicle was reported to have been involved according to officers on scene. The driver was able to avoid the suspect's SUV and hit the barrier. Minor injuries have been reported to the driver of this third vehicle.

Police say the Fichera is in critical condition and being treated at the hospital. The suspect was reported to have been driving between 80 and 90 miles per hour.

Police say Fichera was believed to be under the influence. Police received this information through 911 communication.

Police tell WFMY News 2 DWI information was given third-hand to them. Officers say they are trying to figure out a timeline of this evening's events.

The Guilford County Sheriff's Office will handle the chase investigation, as well as charges for Fichera stemming from the chase.

I-40 eastbound lanes from Gallimore Dairy Road to Patterson Street are back open.


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