Cherry Point Marine In Fatal DWI Faces Additional Charge

By: Dan Yesenosky
By: Dan Yesenosky
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A Marine charged with DWI in a case that killed a bicyclist is now charged with felony death by motor vehicle.

New Bern Police say Michael Wagner, a Staff Sgt. At Cherry Point, turned himself in Wednesday on the new charge.

Police say Heather Pfaff was struck on Old Airport Road last month. The woman was taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center where police say she later died.

According to warrants, Wagner's blood alcohol content was .07, just under the legal limit of .08, when he was tested a couple of hours after the crash.

Wagner's warrant from the New Bern Police Department described him having red, glassy eyes, and it said he admitted to drinking beer earlier in the day.

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The Marine Corps confirms that a New Bern man arrested in a drunk driving case that killed a bicyclist is stationed at Cherry Point.

Staff Sgt. Michael Wagner is currently facing only a DWI charge, though police say further charges are pending.

Police say Heather Pfaff was struck on Old Airport Road around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday night. The woman was taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center where police say she later died.

According to warrants, because Wagner's blood alcohol content was .07, just under the legal limit of .08, when he was tested a couple of hours after the crash, he is out of jail and still has his driver's license.

Wagner's warrant from the New Bern Police Department described him having red, glassy eyes, and it said he admitted to drinking beer earlier in the day on Wednesday.

The Marine was released on a written promise, with a district court date of September 3rd.


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Neighbors say they are being more careful on a 2-lane New Bern road after a 60-year-old woman was killed as she rode her bike down Old Airport Road close to her home on Daughety Court Wednesday night. Now the man who hit her is charged with a fatal DWI.

Jennifer Martin and her son ride bikes often, but where they ride, has now changed.

"I won't take him on that road anymore. He's a pretty experienced bike rider for 6 years old, but not anymore, not on that road," said Martin.

Wednesday around 8:00 p.m., 60-year old Heather Pfaff was riding her bicycle on Old Airport Road when a vehicle hit her. Pfaff died in the hospital.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the bike , 29-year old Michael Wagner of New Bern was out of jail Thursday after being charged with DWI, and more charges are possible.

According to warrants, because his blood alcohol content was .07, just under the legal limit of .08, when he was tested a couple of hours after the crash, he is out of jail, and still has his driver's license.

'Just upsetting. I think driving while drinking no matter if it's 1 drink or 20 is probably the most selfish thing a person can do," said Martin.

The district attorney's office in Craven County tells us they aren't sure of Wagner's occupation.

Wagner's warrant from the New Bern Police Department described him having red, glassy eyes, and it said he admitted to drinking beer earlier in the day on Wednesday.

Wagner was released on a written promise, with a district court date of September 3rd.


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Police say a drunk driver struck and killed a woman riding a bicycle last night in New Bern.

Heather Pfaff of New Bern was struck on Old Airport Road around 8:00 p.m. She was taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center where police say she later died.

Police have charged the vehicle's driver, Michael Wagner with DWI. Investigators say further charges are pending against the New Bern man.

He was released on a written promise to appear in District Court on September 3rd.


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Police are staying tight-lipped about an overnight wreck along a New Bern road.

New Bern officers tell WITN said there was an accident along Old Airport Road in New Bern late Wednesday night.

Investigators would not release any further information.

The Highway Patrol said it dispatched a trooper to the wreck, and there was at least one injury.

Police said more information would be released after 8 a.m. Thursday.


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