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Loved ones attend funeral of Marine wife killed in quadruple-fatal wreck

Investigators say victim's infant son is sole survivor

Marine remembers wife killed in quadruple-fatal wreck near Jacksonville

ONSLOW COUNTY - Family and friends gathered Wednesday afternoon for the funeral of a mother killed in a quadruple-fatal wreck near Jacksonville.

The visitation for 30-year-old Rachel Elizabeth Delisle started at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Her funeral immediately followed.

A memorial fund has been set up for Delisle's three children at the Marine Federal Credit Union at 4180 Western Blvd. in Jacksonville.

Delisle was killed in a two-vehicle wreck at Highways 258 and 53, just west of Jacksonville, Saturday evening, according to the Highway Patrol. Delisle's infant son survived the crash. But three people in the other vehicle were killed as well, troopers said.

Investigators said 24-year-old Saquan Nelson was driving his Hyundai at 100 mph when he ran a red light and hit Delisle's SUV.

In addition to Delisle, Nelson and his two passengers died in the crash, said troopers.

Delisle's 6-month-old son was the sole survivor and is now back home with his Marine father and two siblings

Delisle was born in Warner Robins, Ga. CLICK HERE to read her full obituary.

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"She just had a good heart"-- that's how a New River Marine is remembering his late wife killed in a quadruple-fatal wreck in Onslow County. The couple's 6-month-old son is the lone survivor in the crash.

"I just don't know how he survived, other than just a miracle. I just thank God every day that he's still here," said Lt. Jason Delisle of his 6-month old son, Gabriel.

Gabriel suffered only a few bruises and cuts in the wreck at Highways 258 and 53, just west of Jacksonville, Saturday evening. But the two-vehicle crash killed Gabriel's mother, 30-year-old Rachel Delisle, and three other people.

According to the Highway Patrol, 24-year-old Saquan Nelson was driving his Hyundai at 100 mph when he ran a red light and hit Rachel's SUV at about 5 p.m. Saturday. The speed limit in the area is 45 mph.

Nelson and his two passengers died in the crash, said troopers. Rachel was killed as well.

"She just had such a good heart. She'd never say anything bad about anybody. She always looked for the best in people," said Jason of his late wife.

Rachel and 6-month-old Gabriel were the only people inside the Toyota SUV when it was t-boned by Nelson's Hyundai, troopers said. The infant lived through the wreck thanks to his car seat, said investigators. The child is now back home with his father and two young siblings.

Troopers have identified Nelson's two deceased passengers as 16-year-old Darius Williams and 25-year-old Jonathan Cooper. Williams was a student at Dixon High School. All three were from the Maple Hill area.

Investigators said they found cocaine and marijuana on Cooper's body.

Jason Delisle said despite the wreck, he feels sympathy for the other victims' families.

"I don't blame them. I'm not angry toward them, and I'm praying for them. I know what they're going through," Jason told NewsChannel 12.

Jason said he can at least take comfort in the fact that his wife knew he loved her.

"Never miss an opportunity to tell your loved ones that you love them. Even if you're upset with your spouse, always make time to let them know that you care," said Jason.

Jason added that family members are hoping to have a memorial service for Rachel Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home. They are still making final arrangements.

Prior to Saturday's fatal crash, Nelson had already been charged with reckless driving to endanger, DWI, felony flee to elude, and speeding dating back to 2012, records show. He was supposed to appear in court Monday on those charges.

Troopers said Nelson did carry a valid license, since he had not been convicted on those charges.

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The man accused of causing a quadruple-fatal crash in Onslow County was driving 100 mph when he hit the other vehicle, said investigators.

According to the Highway Patrol, 24-year-old Saquan Nelson was driving his Hyundai car at 100 mph when he ran a red light at Highways 258 and 53, just west of Jacksonville, and hit an SUV. The speed limit there is 45 mph.

Nelson, his two passengers, and a woman in the other vehicle were killed in the wreck, which happened at about 5 p.m. Saturday, said troopers. The woman's infant son is the sole survivor.

Troopers have identified that deceased mother in the SUV as 30-year-old Rachel Delisle, of Jacksonville. Of her three children, only her 6-month-old son was in her vehicle during the crash. The baby lived through the wreck thanks to his car seat, according to investigators. He suffered some cuts, but is now back home with his family.

Troopers have also identified Nelson's two deceased passengers as 16-year-old Dixon High School student Darius Williams and 25-year-old Jonathan Cooper. Investigators said they found cocaine and marijuana on Cooper's body.

Prior to Saturday's fatal crash, Nelson had already been charged with reckless driving to endanger, DWI, felony flee to elude, and speeding dating back to 2012, records show. He was supposed to appear in court Monday on those charges.

Troopers said Nelson did carry a valid license, since he had not been convicted on those charges.

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The man accused of causing a quadruple-fatal crash in Onslow County over the weekend was supposed to be in court Monday on prior charges, including reckless driving and DWI.

But Saquan Nelson will not make that court date because he and three other people died in a crash he caused by running a red light, said investigators.

According to the Highway Patrol, the 24-year-old Nelson was driving a Hyundai car when he sped through a red light at Highways 258 and 53, just west of Jacksonville, and collided with a Toyota SUV Saturday afternoon.

Nelson, his two passengers, and a mother in the other vehicle were killed, said troopers. Only the mother's infant son survived.

Troopers have identified that deceased mother in the SUV as 30-year-old Rachel Delisle, of Jacksonville. They have also identified Nelson's two deceased passengers as 25-year-old Jonathan Cooper and 17-year-old Darius Williams.

Delisle's infant son was the sole survivor in the crash thanks his a car seat, according to investigators.

Prior to Saturday's fatal crash, Nelson had already been charged with reckless driving to endanger, DWI, felony flee to elude, and speeding dating back to 2012, records show. He was supposed to appear in court Monday on those charges.

Troopers said Nelson did carry a valid license, since he had not been convicted on those charges.

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An infant was the only survivor of a horrific Saturday afternoon crash that killed four people in Onslow County.

The crash was triggered when a Hyundai ran a red light where Hwy. 258 intersects with Hwy. 53, just outside the Jacksonville City limits, according to a trooper.

The Hyundai was speeding east on Hwy. 53 when its driver ran the red light and Hyundai collided with an SUV, carrying a mother and her infant, the trooper said.

The incident happened just after 5 p.m.

The SUV rolled, and the Hyundai hit a pole.

All three people inside the Hyundai were killed.  The mother who was driving the SUV also died.

The victims' names have not yet been released.


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