Winston-Salem man driving wrong way on interstate killed in collision

Published 12:04 pm Monday, June 11, 2018

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — A Winston-Salem man who was driving the wrong way on Interstate 85 was killed in a three-vehicle collision Saturday night, the State Highway Patrol said.

Antonio Herrera Ortiz, 39, was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Corsica south in the northbound lane at 11:26 p.m.

A tractor-trailer owned by Benore Logistics Systems and driven by William Thomas Lee, 36, of Pickens, South Carolina, was traveling north, close to Mile Marker 80. Officials said Chrissy Conrad, 23, of Lexington, was driving beside the tractor-trailer in her 2007 Honda, also traveling north.

Officials said Ortiz collided head-on with the front of the tractor-trailer, and his Chevrolet spun around and hit the side of Conrad’s Honda.

The force of the collision sent the Honda into a guardrail.

The cab of the tractor-trailer caught fire, but the driver was not injured. Conrad received minor injuries.

Ortiz died at the scene.

According to a report by Trooper JC Degraff, it’s unclear whether Ortiz was impaired.

Officials had to shut down the section of the interstate for hours because of the cleanup to get all the glass and other debris out of the road and to investigate the collision.

The investigation continues.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.