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Warsaw man identified as pedestrian killed in Interstate 85 crash

SALISBURY — A Warsaw man was identified as the driver who was struck and killed while changing a tire on Interstate 85 on Saturday afternoon.

According to State Highway Patrol troopers, Jose Alfredo Orozco, 43, pulled his 2001 black Chevrolet sport utility vehicle onto the left shoulder. He was getting tools from the back of the vehicle when he was struck.

The three-vehicle collision happened about 3 p.m., about a mile south of the East Spencer exit.

Officials said John Franklin Christopher Corley, 29, of Woodleaf, who was traveling in a 2000 Jeep Cherokee, had been driving southbound on I-85 when he ran off the road and struck Orozco and his vehicle.

Orozco’s vehicle hit the guardrail, then pushed the Cherokee into the back of a gray 2007 Chevrolet SUV driven by Isidro Rivera Chavez of Smithfield.

Chavez’s Chevrolet came to rest in the roadway.

Authorities say Chavez, who is the brother-in-law of Orozco, was injured in the crash.

Two others in Orozco’s vehicle and two others in Chavez’s SUV received minor injuries. All were taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center for treatment.

Corley was severely injured, including a shattered leg and a pelvis injury. He was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem by ambulance.

According to Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. G.A. Barger, a witness who had been recording on a cellphone before the crash showed troopers the video. The video reportedly showed Corley driving erratically for some time before the crash.

The video also showed Corley was riding on rumble strips, also called alert strips, for a while, Barger said.

“He told the trooper he was tired,” Barger said.

Corley was given a blood test and results are not complete, officials said.

Charges are pending a decision from the Rowan County District Attorney’s Office.

Orozco and his family were reportedly headed to a quinceañera in South Carolina.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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