Marine Arrested In Deadly Hit & Run

Jacksonville police have made an arrest in last week's deadly hit & run accident.

Corporal Joseph Kirkland, Jr. is charged with involuntary manslaughter, felony hit and run, careless and reckless driving, and exceeding the posted speed limit.

The 22-year-old Kirkland is assigned to CLR-27 Loading Support Company at Camp Lejeune.

Kirkland is accused of striking Barbara Elwell on Highway 17 near the Highway 24 overpass. Police say they have seized his vehicle in Winder, Georgia and are working with Georgia authorities along with Navy investigators.

Kirkland is in the Onslow County jail on a $155,000 bond.


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  • by Patty Location: Raleigh, NC on Dec 11, 2008 at 12:20 PM
    May God be with both families as this tragedy is investigated. May God disclose the truth about what happened and hold each person accountable for his and her action. In addition, may God give proper insight to those who make accusations and judgements without the facts. Amen
  • by Stop Hating on Dec 10, 2008 at 09:28 AM
    For the record: he was not caught - he turned himself in - and, get this the woman was scheduled to appear in court yesteday for: § 20 174.1. Standing, sitting or lying upon highways or streets prohibited. (a) No person shall willfully stand, sit, or lie upon the highway or street in such a manner as to impede the regular flow of traffic. (b) Violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor. (1965, c. 137; 1969, c. 1012; 1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 761, s. 17.) If you don't believe, check the court records and stop hating on this man. Unfortunately, the woman had a death wish and brought him into her nightmare. Are you seriously acting so self righteous?? Who knows, did you ever think maybe he thought he had hit a deer. It was a freeway. God does not like it when people judge other people. Maybe you should sweep under your own mat before you start sweeping under someone elses.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2008 at 05:14 PM
    i'm wondering if dwayne has ever been in war?? shut up
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Dec 9, 2008 at 10:39 AM
    Disparaging remarks about the military concerning this situation are asinine. Lawyers, factory workers, students, truck drivers, teachers, cashiers, and on and on have committed this same crime in the past. This young man's occupation had nothing to do with this callous act.
  • by kinston Location: nc on Dec 9, 2008 at 10:39 AM
    To Ashley: It really doesn't matter what the woman was doing out at 2:OO am, nor does it say she was in the middle of the road. The fact is this man ran her over and did not stop or contact HP. I agree with Dwayne. If it was an "accident" and he was not driving while impaired, he should have stopped. My thoughts and prayers to her family...
  • by Ashley Location: NC on Dec 9, 2008 at 08:11 AM
    Until the circumstances are known, hold your judgemental comments. This woman was found in the MIDDLE OF THE ROAD at 2 am! What was she doing there?!
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Dec 9, 2008 at 07:06 AM
    If this man left this woman on the road to die, just think what he would do if he was your backup in war.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2008 at 06:02 AM
    Another proud moment for the military.
  • by sad Location: goldsboro on Dec 8, 2008 at 02:12 PM
    I am so glad he has been caught.Anyone with any driving experience should know,if you hit you should stop.May God continue to bless and be with the family.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Dec 8, 2008 at 12:50 PM
    It is a sorry excuse for a human being that would leave another human being to die like that.More than likely this person was drunk, and he didnt want to call the HP. He figured he would never get caught.
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