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Visitation set for man killed in wreck involving military truck

Authorities working to determine if charges will be filed

Police identify man killed in wreck involving military truck

NEWPORT, CARTERET COUNTY - A visitation is scheduled to be held this weekend for a young man killed when his car ran under a military truck in Newport.

According to Jim Stroud with Brooks Funeral Home & Crematory, the visitation for 20-year-old Christian Javier Garcia will take place Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at St. Egbert Roman Catholic Church at 1706 Evans St in Morehead City. A prayer service will be held at 1 p.m., Stroud said.

Garcia's funeral is scheduled to be held on Monday at 11 a.m. as planned.

Newport Police said the wreck that killed Garcia happened at the intersection of Highway 70 and East Chatham Street at about 8:15 p.m. Monday.

Investigators said it all started when the driver of a military truck and trailer missed a turn onto Hibbs Road. The driver then tried to make a U-turn from the eastbound lanes of Highway 70 onto the westbound lanes, police said.

But the driver soon realized that his military truck and trailer could not complete the turn due to the vehicle's length, said investigators.

The driver then began to back the military truck and trailer into the eastbound lane. That was when Garcia's car, which was traveling west, ran under the military truck and trailer, police said.

Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene, said police. There was heavy rain at the time of the accident, investigators said.

The Newport Police Department is working with military officials and the District Attorney's Office to determine if charges will be filed against the driver of the military truck.

Garcia attended West Carteret High School, where he played soccer, before enrolling in Carteret Community College, friends said. He had just enlisted in the Air Force and was planning to leave for training in a few weeks.

 

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Police have identified the young man killed when his car ran under a military truck in Newport Monday night.

According to the Newport Police Department, 20-year-old Christian Javier Garcia, of Newport, died in the wreck at the intersection of Highway 70 and East Chatham Street. It happened at about 8:15 p.m. Monday.

(CLICK HERE: Photos of the fatal wreck.)

Investigators said it all started when the driver of a military truck and trailer missed a turn onto Hibbs Road. The driver then tried to make a U-turn from the eastbound lanes of Highway 70 onto the westbound lanes, police said.

But the driver soon realized that his military truck and trailer could not complete the turn due to the vehicle's length, said investigators.

The driver then began to back the military truck and trailer into the eastbound lane. That was when Garcia's car, which was traveling west, ran under the military truck and trailer, police said.

There was heavy rain at the time of the accident, investigators said. First responders worked for more than an hour to extricate Garcia from his car. He was pronounced dead at the scene, said police.

The Newport Police Department is working with military officials and the District Attorney's Office to determine if charges will be filed against the driver of the military truck.

Friends told NewsChannel 12 Garcia was traveling from his sister's house to his Newport home when he was killed in the crash.

Princess Wright and Elaina Heuser said Christian Garcia loved to smile.

"He loved to laugh and he loved to help people. He was just such a caring person," Heuser said.

"I don't know if anyone could say anything bad about Christian. He was such a wonderful person," Wright explained.

Neighbors tell NewsChannel 12 just three hours before, another crash happened at the same intersection. In the first crash two people were taken to Carteret General Hospital with minor injuries.

Bonnie Jones said she could see the scene from her front door.

"I was in here washing dishes and all of a sudden I heard a sound and I looked out and at the same time I saw smoke. It was like a big boom."

Wright and Heuser said now it's about remembering the good times they shared and keeping his memory alive.

"I know he's up in heaven, being the person that he is. It's unfortunate we lost a dear person, but heaven gained such an amazing angel," Heuser said.

Garcia attended West Carteret High School, where he played soccer, before enrolling in Carteret Community College, friends said. He had just enlisted in the Air Force and was planning to leave for training in a few weeks.

In addition to Newport first responders, the Wildwood Fire Department, Havelock Fire & Rescue, the Carteret County Sheriff's Office, and the Highway Patrol helped handle the wreck.

 

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Highway Patrol troopers said at least one person was killed in an accident on Highway 70 in Newport Monday night.

Few details have been released, but officials said the crash involved at least one military vehicle and a civilian vehicle.

It happened near the Newport Flea Mall.

The Newport Police Department was handling the wreck. NewsChannel 12 received an email from the police chief Monday night. He said police and fire officials were on scene working for several hours in severe weather conditions.

The Highway Patrol also sent two troopers to assist.

No further details were released. NewsChannel 12 expects more information in the morning, after the victim's family has been notified.

Stay with NewsChannel 12 for updates.


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