Wreck Kills Swansboro Man

Charges are pending against a 17 year old after a fatal accident in Onslow County. The Highway Patrol says 53-year-old Brynn Ashton of Stillwater Dr. in Swansboro died after the Friday afternoon crash.

Troopers say 17-year-old Geoffrey Carrio crossed the center line of Belgrade Swansboro Rd. at 3:48 p.m. Friday and sideswiped a car driven by Shirley Wetherington of Belgrade Swansboro Rd. in Swansboro. Wetherington was not injured.

Carrio's car continued left of the center line, troopers say, and hit the left front quarter panel and door of the car driven by Ashton. Crews took Ashton to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Troopers say Ashton died several hours later.

Carrio was also injured, though troopers did not know the extent of his injuries. The Highway Patrol could not confirm reports Monday that Carrio had fallen asleep behind the wheel. However, authorities say it does not appear alcohol was involved.

Charges are pending against Carrio as troopers confer with the district attorney.

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