Charges Filed In Case Of Two Marines Killed After SUV Lands in Canal

Charges were filed Monday against a Marine police say killed his two passengers when the car he was driving lost control and landed in a canal.

Highway Patrol says Mark Lawson now faces 2 counts of misdemeanor death for the accident that happened near Catfish Lake over a week ago.

Troopers say the Three Cherry Point Marines were leaving the lake after a night of fishing when they asked a stranger for directions.

Lawson told police that person had a gun and started coming after them.

That's when Lawson says he took off, speeding too quickly around a curve before hitting a metal bulk head flipping his SUV.

Brandon Allen and Elliot Teisler drowned when the SUV landed in the canal.

Lawson has a June 25th court appearance.

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Two Cherry Point Marines were killed Friday after the SUV they were in landed in a canal, the driver, also a Marine, survived the crash.

According to troopers the driver, Mark Lawson, says the three were leaving Catfish Lake after a night of fishing. The men stopped to ask someone for directions, and Lawson says that a stranger had a gun and started coming after them.

Lawson says that's why he sped too quickly around a curve, where he hit a metal bulk head and flipped his SUV upside down into a canal.

He says he tried to pull out his friends, Brandon Allen and Elliot Teisler, but they both drown.

He then wandered the forest for hours until he was able to find help.

Troopers say they are still investigating, and right now there have been no charges filed.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 08:11 PM
    I highly doubt the driver got lost in the woods for 9 hours. He was sobering up. How dare any of you defend him, he took two lives and killed two sets of parents from the inside out, a wife, a son, a girlfriend, and countless friends and family members.
  • by Anonymous Location: La,Grange on May 20, 2010 at 06:08 AM
    If they charge him for this ,he needs to find out why they never chaged Katie Small for the death of her son. they said it was an accident.The law is not fair .
  • by JLG Location: Concord on Apr 28, 2010 at 05:22 AM
    A former comment says it all and I quote:"To doubt the story of an honest man in true emotional shock is ignorant and insensitive. Why don't you concentrate on the fact that no matter what caused this tragic accident it was devastating to so many, especially the families and driver. You can gossip and question someone's integrity all you want but you weren't there and don't know what happened. Obviously everyone's blood alcohol was tested and there was no drinking involved, find someone else to terrorize not grieving family and friends." Enough said.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2010 at 05:34 PM
    AS i understand it the crash happened at around 10p.m. friday night and was not reported till 7a.m. the driver wander around for hours Please he was getting sorber. Elliot Teisler has a wife and one year old son who will never no his father.
  • by Crystal Location: Vanceboro on Apr 27, 2010 at 10:07 AM
    I don't understand why they are filing charges against the driver if this was an accident. As for the alcohol- the story says nothing to substantiate the story that the driver was intoxicated.
  • by anonymous on Apr 27, 2010 at 07:54 AM
    did he wait untill the alcohol was out of his system to call in the wreck? he is the only one who will truly know the answer to this ? if he was drinking it will haunt him the rest of his life
  • by MNSC Location: Havelock on Apr 22, 2010 at 08:11 PM
    These were two of the nicest, most respectful men I ever met. They're were my husband's two best friends. I miss them so much. They would come over every day to stay the night and they would always bring us dinner. I miss their smiles. I miss their voices. They were always up for anything, no matter how short a notice. They were the kind of people that would give you the shirt off their back. They're parents really taught them right. If I could choose two people in this entire world to have as siblings, I'd have chosen them. This has been the worst week of my life.
  • by anonymous Location: havelock on Apr 21, 2010 at 04:45 PM
    so "realistic" if the driver had also passed away.. would you being saying the same thing? These three were friends you honestly think the driver was covering himself have you almost near drowned, tried to save your friends and then wandered around a 50k wide forest searching for help in shock..i didn't think so
  • by anonymous Location: havelock on Apr 21, 2010 at 03:20 PM
    People also need to realize the media, exagerates the ridiculous parts of the story to make it sound crazier, please tell me you don't believe everything you read!
  • by ael Location: havelock, nc on Apr 21, 2010 at 02:57 PM
    To doubt the story of an honest man in true emotional shock is ignorant and insensitive. Why don't you concentrate on the fact that know matter what caused this tragic accident it was devasting to so many, especially the families and driver. You can gossip and question someone's integrity all you want but you weren't there and don't know what happen. Obviously everyone's blood alcohol was tested and there was no drinking involved, find somone else to terrorize not grieving family and friends.
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