Driver Facing DWI After Fatal Accident

By: Christine Kennedy / Bill Wilson
By: Christine Kennedy / Bill Wilson

Troopers say a Wilson County man is in jail after a deadly accident Thursday night in Craven County.

Javier Rodriguez of Sims is charged with DWI, exceeding safe speed, having slick tires, and driving without a seat belt.

Troopers say a passenger in Rodriguez's car was killed in the accident on Highway 70 near Carolina Pines. The body of 20-year-old Jason Ethridge, also of Sims, had to be cut out of the vehicle.

The Highway Patrol says Rodriguez's car crossed the center line and struck a car driven by Melissa Depriest, who is a Cherry Point Marine. Depriest was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital with a broken leg.

Rodriguez is in the Craven County jail on a $10,000 bond.

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Slick roads are being blamed for at least one deadly crash in the east tonight.

Troopers say a Camaro crossed the center median on Highway 70 near Carolina Pines while traveling east.

They say it slammed into a Malibu traveling in the westbound lane at around 6pm.

The passenger of the Camero is dead and had to be taken to a local church to be extracted from the vehicle.

Both drivers are in critical condition at Craven Regional Medical Center. Traffic was halted going westbound into for about 15 minutes.

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