An ECU student already accused of DWI is now facing a more serious charge in a wreck that killed a Camp Lejeune Marine in Wilmington.
Jackson Davies, a 19-year-old East Carolina University student, has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle in addition to DWI. He turned himself in Wednesday night and made his first court appearance Thursday.
According to ABC-affiliate WWAY, police said Davies (pictured left) is responsible for the death of 22-year-old Camp Lejeune Marine Cory Reese (pictured right).
Prosecutors told WWAY that Davies and two friends were asked to leave a Sigma Nu fraternity party on Rose Avenue in Wilmington early Sunday. Reese then asked again for Davies and his friends to leave, and that was when a confrontation happened outside, prosecutors said.
Davies allegedly head butted Reese in the face and knocked him to the ground, according to the District Attorney's Office. Davies and a friend then ran to a car. When Reese and members of the fraternity surrounded the vehicle, Davies got behind the wheel and drove into Reese, knocking the Marine onto the hood of the car, prosecutors said.
According to witnesses, Davies then drove the car onto the street at 50 mph, with Reese still on the hood. Investigators said Davies eventually drove into a tree, killing Reese.
Davies himself was injured in the wreck and was treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Davies' attorney said his client was acting in self defense since Reese was attacking him. The defense also allege that Reese was holding onto the car and punching on the glass.
For more information, visit WWAY.