RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A 21-year-old woman accused causing a Nov. 14 head-on collision on Interstate 40 while intoxicated appeared in court Thursday.
A red Audi A4 sedan driven by Julia Margaret Fritschel was heading eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-40 and going around a long curve near exit 303 around 6 a.m.
Authorities said Fritschel slammed head-on into a silver PT Cruiser driven by Chandra Waletha Green, 41.
Troopers estimated that the cars were traveling at approximately 65 miles per hour when the collision occurred.
The PT Cruiser caught fire and Green was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
Green remains hospitalized with serious injuries according to her family.
“I just want my mom to get better right now. That’s my main concern at this moment,” said Chandra Green’s daughter, Shantera.
Fritschel suffered two broken ankles.
Fritschel was given a $100,000 bond with continuous alcohol monitoring if she is released.
She appeared in court while in a wheelchair.
Fritschel faces multiple charges including careless and reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, and driving with an open container of alcohol. She also has a pending charge that will be determined once Green’s condition becomes clearer.
“The entire Fritschel family, they’re thinking of about the Green family. Julia’s going to be OK as far as her injuries go and all they’re thinking about is the Green family and they’re praying for them,” said Roger Smith Jr., Fritschel’s attorney.
According to Wake County arrest records, Fritschel was charged with DWI on May 28.