DA: Driver charged in fatal crash

Friends say the driver was the victim's best friend

Troopers: Alcohol involved in fatal crash

CEDAR ISLAND, CARTERET COUNTY - The driver in a February 9, fatal accident is now charged with felony death by motor vehicle.

Paul Fulcher was charged Friday for the death of 43-year-old Jeremy Fulcher and injuring two others. At 3:11 on Sunday, troopers said Fulcher was driving a pick-up truck when it slammed into a tree, killing Jeremy Fulcher on impact.

The four people in the car had recently left a nearby party.

Paul Fulcher was also charged with two counts of felony serious injury by vehicle.

His bond is $40,000.


Four people who had left a party crashed into a tree early Sunday morning. One man died and charges are pending against the driver, according to troopers.

The Highway Patrol said four people in a pick-up truck crashed into a tree on West Bayshore Lane on Cedar Island at 3:11 Sunday morning.

Highway Patrol Trooper T.R. Morrison said 43-year-old Jeremy Allen Fulcher, from Harkers Island, died on impact.

Homeowner Chris Goodwin said he was throwing a party Saturday night. He said Fulcher had left his home in a pick-up truck with three other people. The group was on their way back to his home because someone in the pick-up truck had forgotten their wallet, Goodwin said.

"Words can't describe it. I can't believe it we were just out here having a get together for a friend's birthday party," Goodwin said.

Friends of the driver, Paul Landon Fulcher (no relation to the victim), said the victim was Jeremy's best friend.

"I'm just sorry everything happened, for him, and his family," Goodwin said.

Neighbor Jacqueline Mason said it's another reason Chris Goodwin's parties need to stop.

"When I walked up there, they were pulling people out of the truck, and the truck was in the trees," Mason said.

Goodwin tells NewsChannel 12 he hardly ever throws parties. He said he works out of town and is never home.

Mason said she can tell when he is off work.

"When he's home the parties begin. The road I call it I-95 because traffic picks up here, and they speed through here," Mason said.

Mason said speed is a major concern because of her children who like to play in the front yard. She said party guests of Goodwin have even driven through her front yard before.

Trooper Morrison said alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.  He said the driver was impaired at the time of the accident. Trooper Morrison said the three other people inside the truck were taken to a hospital and have non life-threatening injuries. He said no one was wearing a seat belt.

The Highway Patrol said they are waiting to speak to the District Attorney's Office Monday to determine charges.

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