By Park Baker
Staff Writer 

Forest Fatality Sunday - Brevard NC


A motor vehicle accident resulted in one fatality yesterday North of the North Carolina State Fish Hatchery.

At about 3 p.m., Juan Lopez, 29, of Charlotte was thrown through the windshield of a 2004 Ford Explorer and down the embankment below Forest Service road 475 behind the Fish Hatchery. Lopez was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the Highway Patrol.

The vehicle was traveling too fast on the winding road, and the driver over-corrected, rolling the vehicle, the Highway Patrol said.

The vehicle’s driver, Carlos Soloman-Ramon, 19, of Charlotte was not wearing a seatbelt either. Highway Patrol Sgt. C. Goodman said that alcohol was involved in the accident, and officers drew blood from Soloman-Ramon.

Test results will reveal his blood alcohol levels when they return from the lab.

Soloman-Roman was charged with felony death, DWI, careless and reckless driving, and provisional license expired

A total of seven people were in the vehicle when it rolled over.

All other passengers sustained bruises and injuries and were transported to Transylvania Regional Hospital.

Felony Arrests

Christopher “Chino” Valenzuela, 26, was arrested by the Brevard Police Department on Aug. 1 and charged with felony first-degree burglary.

He was placed on a $30,000 bond.

Brevard police have a suspect in the felony larceny of a firearm from a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup that occurred on July 29 at 56 Tree Haven Drive. The firearm, a Heckler & Koch compact .40 caliber handgun, was valued at $850.


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