ONSLOW COUNTY - A Cherry Point Marine has been charged with DWI in a crash that killed a fellow Marine over the weekend, investigators said.
According to the Highway Patrol, Octavius Lamar Thompson, 21, did not stop at a stop sign on Blue Creek School Road at Canady Road just outside Jacksonville. Thompson then crashed his 2013 Dodge Challenger into a concrete barrier just before 1 a.m. Saturday, troops said. Investigators estimated that the Challenger was going 50 mph when it wrecked.
Thompson's passenger, 21-year-old David Eugene Moore Jr. (pictured above), was killed in the crash, troopers said.
Moore was riding in the right rear passenger seat, said troopers. Neither man was wearing a seat belt.
Thompson, who had been drinking, has been charged with DWI, reckless driving, failure to stop for a stop sign, and a seat belt violation, troopers said.
Thompson will face a more serious charge in connection with Moore's death, according to authorities. The exact charge will be decided when investigators consult with a prosecutor.
Possible charges include felony death by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, or second-degree murder, troopers said.
According to the Marine Corps, Thompson is a Marine stationed at MCAS Cherry Point. Moore was a Marine based at Camp Pendleton in California. He came to Camp Johnson for instruction and classes, officials said.