ONSLOW COUNTY -

A young man was killed in a wreck near Richlands early Monday, investigators said.

The Highway Patrol told NewsChannel 12 Christopher Alexander Esquivel, 25, of Trenton, died in the wreck on Comfort Road, near Francktown Road just east of Richlands. It happened at about 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Troopers said Esquivel was driving east toward Jones County when he ran off the road to the right, overturned and struck a ditch. The victim was then ejected from his vehicle onto someone's front yard, according to investigators.

The vehicle kept going before finally hitting a tree and coming to a stop, said troopers.

Investigators said Esquivel was not wearing a seat belt in the fatal wreck. They said they believe alcohol may be a factor.