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Lejeune Marine dies after single-vehicle wreck from drinking and speed

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RICHLANDS — A single-vehicle wreck early Saturday morning on Fire Tower Road claimed the life of a  and sent a man and a woman to area hospitals.

N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Kirk indicated in his report of the incident that “speed and alcohol were factors.” The vehicle was traveling north on Fire Tower Road where the roadway rises and banks slightly left near the intersection of Farmgate Drive at which point the right tires of the 2008 BMW left the roadway. The crash awakened neighbors at 2:39 a.m.

“It was horrific,” recalled Fire Town Road resident Joyce Fisher in a telephone interview with The Daily News on Monday afternoon. “The responders arrived immediately and when they got here the people were still in the car,” Fisher said.

Kirk’s report indicates that “all three were restraint” and that the “driver was dead at the scene.” The two passengers were transported to area hospitals with one sent to Onslow Memorial Hospital and the other to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

According to NCSHP 1st Sgt. David Olgesby, the vehicle was “traveling northbound on Fire Town Road when it left the right side of the roadway where it struck a ditch. The vehicle continued crossing a driveway culvert then a second driveway culvert then over turning before coming to rest upside down” in the yard of a residence. Oglesby said that portion of Fire Tower Road has a posted speed limit of 55 m.p.h.

The identification of the decedent and two passengers have not been released.  2nd MAW Public Affairs Officer Capt. John Roberts confirmed the driver was a  and was preparing a release later today.

Daily News Reporter Mike McHugh can be reached at 910-219-8455 or email at mike.mchugh@jdnews.com.

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