Marine in student's death out on bond; funeral arrangements set

Crash killed 16-year-old David Palacio

JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - MCAS New River Staff Sgt. Joshua Block has bonded out of jail after he waived his right to his first appearance in the death of a teenager at a bus stop in Onslow County.

Block's attorney appeared on his behalf. Block is accused of killing 16-year-old Dixon High School student, David Palacio, at a bus stop on Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville, Monday morning. Block is charged with two felonies: Involuntary manslaughter and passing a stopped school bus, causing death. 

Block is from Atascosa, Texas and was booked at the Onslow County Jail with a bond set at $40,000.

Palacio  was killed on Monday around 6:40 a.m. on Dawson Cabin Road near Stillwood Road. The bus was traveling toward Hwy. 17 and stopped in front of a home. The stop arm was extended on the school bus and the bus driver waved Palacio to cross, according to The Highway Patrol. An official with Onslow County Schools said that after a review of the case, the bus driver did not wave Palacio across the street.

Officials with The Highway Patrol said a black Honda Civic, driven by Block, traveling in the opposite direction hit Palacio. 

Palacio was taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital and was later pronounced dead.

A vigil will be held for Palacio this Friday from 7-9 p.m. at the Freedom Fountain, located at the intersection of New Bridge Street and Johnson Boulevard. A funeral will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Infant of Prague Catholic Church on Marine Boulevard in Jacksonville.

A GoFundMe.com page has been set up for the funeral expenses.

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