Charges Increased In Beaufort County DWI Crash After Passenger Dies

A Martin County man now faces more serious charges in an accident after his passenger died.

Trooper Joshua Gerrard says Christopher Matthews had been charge with DWI, but that charge was changed today to aggravated death by motor vehicle.

The crash happened late Friday night on Bear Grass Road in Beaufort County. The passenger, 49-year-old Denver Phillips, was seriously injured in the single vehicle accident. He died Saturday at Vidant Medical Center.

Troopers say Matthews and Phillips were roommates and were headed back home when the accident happened.