UPDATED: Trooper: Speed, Alcohol Involved In Collision

Troopers say speed and alcohol played a part in a head-on collision that injured seven people.

The Highway Patrol says the crash happened on Highway 210 between Highway 172 and Old Folkstone Rd. in Onslow County Tuesday night.

Seven people went to the hospital, including two children and a pregnant woman.

Troopers say Brandon Marvin tried to make a pass on the two-lane road but slammed head-on into a car carrying a family of four.

Marvin who was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital has now been charged with DWI and reckless driving.

James Fields was airlifted to the hospital in Wilmington. He was in the backseat of Marvin's car, and wasn't wearing a seat belt, according to the Highway Patrol.

Troopers say the family in the other car, with parents Todd Yonts, Michelle Banes and their five and three-year-old daughters, was taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville.

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  • by marsha Location: lillington on May 5, 2009 at 08:13 PM
    There are no harsh feelings we just hope that others learn from his mistake drinking and driving is never a good idea all involved were young and there lives fully ahead of them we wish the best for him and his family and friends as well. It is just a shame that children were injured in this accident. We realize anyone can make a bad choice.
  • by E on May 4, 2009 at 08:48 AM
    Drinking and driving is such a problem because when your drunk you don't think... your drunk.. Marvin is a good kid who was always looking out for others and made a horrible decision that will now end his military career and put him in jail. From all of Marvin's friends in upstate NY our hearts go out to the family that was injured and pray that the baby will be ok. I hope people can forgive Marvin for making that fatal decission.
  • by Danny Location: Havelock on Apr 30, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    Okay. You might think I'm evil for saying this, but I feel the death penalty should be extended to rapists, child molesters and drunk drivers who kill someone in an accident (aggravated circumstances like habitual offenders taken into account). I know no one was killed in this accident, but that's only because God was looking out for them. It could've (and has) ended a LOT worse. This country is too easy on offenders like this. In Turkey, habitually drunk drivers are executed on the side of the street. I'm not saying that we should go to that extreme, but you don't see too many drunk drivers in Turkey.
  • by Just a reader Location: Holly ridge on Apr 30, 2009 at 07:33 AM
    I agree that everyone who speeds and drinks should be briefed on the effects it can have on others lives. Sometimes people get carried away in the joy of having fun and forget about the consequences it may have on someone else. In addition it is so sad that these things happen it is never planned and happens to often. Sometimes people don't walk away to talk about what happens and family members miss those dearest to them because of someone else who decided that drinking and driving was the right thing to do. All in all a wrong is a wrong no matter how it is put. The bad thing is that sometimes even fines and jail doesn't bring back loved ones it not only destroys the persons life but all those whose lives where a part rather by relation or actually victims.
  • by Sam on Apr 30, 2009 at 07:06 AM
    Apparently everybody else in addition to the military needs a safety briefing every friday.
  • by Just a girl Location: wmst on Apr 29, 2009 at 08:00 PM
    You are so right chris, this man should deffinatly go to jail for this, there is no excuse what so ever to drink and drive, you are dangering your life and everyone else on the road. If it was my family member I would be very angry.
  • by chris Location: lillington on Apr 29, 2009 at 04:40 PM
    This is my family that this happened to and those little girls are hurt not to mention that michelle may lose the baby. I was in the military for nine years and every friday you get a safety briefing covering drinking and driving, so there is no excuse for this he could have killed everyone involved. You think you can drink a few and drive but you just dont think you could shatter somebody else's lives
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Apr 29, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    Its not worth it. He put several people in the hospital including himself. He will be in all kinds of trouble if he ever recovers from this. Thoughts and prayers go out to all seven people and what will be the baby.

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