Marine charged with killing teen at school bus stop waives court hearing

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A Marine who was scheduled to appear before a judge Wednesday morning on charges he killed a high school student at a bus stop has waived his first court appearance.

Staff Sgt. Joshua Block and his attorney were at the courthouse Wednesday morning, but the attorney said they chose not to appear.

Block was arrested by state troopers Tuesday afternoon and posted bond.

The New River Marine is facing charges after David Palacio was struck when he crossed the road around 6:40 a.m. Monday in front of his house to catch his school bus.

The 16-year-old was a student at Dixon High School.


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A New River Air Station Marine has been charged for killing a high school student at a bus stop Monday morning.

The Highway Patrol says Staff Sgt. Joshua Block was charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony passing a stopped school bus causing death.

David Palacio was struck when he crossed the road around 6:40 a.m. Monday in front of his house to catch his school bus. The 16-year-old was a student at Dixon High School.

Troopers say two adults and some students on the bus witnessed the crash.

Palacio died at Onslow Memorial Hospital.

The 27-year-old Block is expected to make a first court appearance Wednesday morning.


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Troopers say a teenager was struck and killed at a school bus stop in Onslow County.

The accident happened at 6:40 a.m. in front of the boy's home on Dawson Cabin Road near Stillwoood Drive, south of Jacksonville.

The Highway Patrol says 16-year-old David Palacio was struck when he crossed the road to get on the bus. Palacio attended Dixon High School.

The Highway Patrol says the stop arm on the bus was extended when the teen was hit and that the vehicle did stop after the crash.

Troopers say the driver of the car, Staff Sgt. Joshua Block, has not been charged yet. The 26-year-old is stationed at New River Marine Corps Air Station.

"It happens far too much than we'd like to see," 1st. Sgt. David Oglesby said. "Many incidents like this morning could result in tragedy. We routinely get, just reported to our office, about three to five per week where people are not stopping for stopped school buses throughout the county."

Two adults witnessed the accident as well as some students on the bus.

The school system says crisis counselors are at the school this morning.

Palacio died at Onslow Memorial Hospital, according to the Highway Patrol, as they were stabilizing him to be airlifted to Wilmington.