JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - Police have filed additional charges against a man who allegedly caused a wreck that killed a motorcyclist and injured a passenger. The suspect was already charged with DWI.
According to the Jacksonville Police Department, 32-year-old Micahel R. Jones (above), of Western Boulevard, was charged on Wednesday with felony death by vehicle and felony serious injury by vehicle. Jones was placed in the Onslow County Jail under a $75,000 bond.
Jones was previously charged with DWI and safe movement violation causing serious injury to a motorcyclist. According to investigators, Jones caused the deadly wreck at the intersection of Highway 17 and Barden Street in Jacksonville at about 8:21 p.m. Monday.
Police said Jones was heading north on North Marine Boulevard in his Ford SUV. He then pulled into the center turn lane to turn left onto Barden Street, investigators said.
During that time, 21-year-old Matthew McClain (left), of Onslow Pines Road, was riding his motorcycle south on North Marine Boulevard. But Jones failed to yield and turned in front of McClain, according to police. McClain's motorcycle then crashed into Jones' SUV, said investigators.
According to police, McClain died at the scene.
There was also a passenger on McClain's motorcycle: 21-year-old Katherine Collins. Police said she was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center with serious injuries. As of Wednesday afternoon, she was listed in fair condition.
Jones was not injured, police said.
Neighbor Roger Jinks said the man killed, McClain, was always a respectful person who dreamed of becoming a tattoo artist.
"He was not one of those [who] ran up and down the road causing trouble, stuff like that," Jinks said. "He was just an all-around good person."
Jinks added that he was upset about the circumstances of McClain's death.
"They have the laws out there to protect people, but you have those [who] go out and break them, and it's just tragedy," Jinks said.
The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact JPD Traffic Sergeant Philip Williams at 910-938-6435 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Callers can also reach Crimestoppers at 910-938-3273.