Charges Pending In Fatal Carteret County Crash

A young woman is dead after a crash, and lawmen say the question now is what charges her boyfriend will face.

Hannah Smith, 21, of Swansboro was killed in a wreck Friday night in Cape Carteret, according to the Jacksonville Daily News, near Piners trailer park on Highway 58.

Court records show 21-year-old Joshuah Dodd is charged in Carteret County with failure to yield. However, authorities say Dodd could face more serious charges, including death by motor vehicle, according to the Jacksonville Daily News.

The report says Dodd crashed into another car, and Smith died at the hospital. We've learned her funeral is scheduled for Thursday night at Jones Funeral Home in Swansboro.

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  • by Gin Location: Swansboro on Jan 17, 2012 at 07:29 PM
    I am at a lose for words. He will have to deal with this the rest of his life. Why make him go through that? Hannah was an amazing person. I don't think she would ever ask for someone to have to go through that. He made a mistake. He didn't yeild, but nothing that they can do will change that. Let the family, friends, and loved ones heal. I am so sorry for their lose. Hannah you are missed.
  • by James on Jan 17, 2012 at 05:26 PM
    If i was sober and i killed your mother with a car on sure you would expect charges pressed... Who pulls out in front of another vehicle? Someone who should be charged for being ignorant of how to safely operate a vehicle... The girls dead, shes been punished, her friends have been punished and her parents have been punished for this loser's "accident"... He deserves manslaughter.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 at 04:07 AM in reply to James
      Wrong! If there was no malicious intent or any other factors such as drugs, alcohol, or texting, it was an accident. No one would be happy but car accidents happen.
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      by Justin on Jan 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM in reply to James
      I bet you wouldnt be saying that if it was you that had been in that wreck, you would have to deal with that the rest of your life, especially if it was an accident. Much less without going through the court system.
  • by sad Location: nc on Jan 17, 2012 at 05:23 PM
    If any of you were farmiliar with this merge you can see how this could have happened.It is a dangerous yield and very hard to get into traffic. I don't know what caused this but i am sad for any families involved. I wish we could protect all of our children but roads like these do not help. This is not the first accident at this yield.
  • by Saddened Location: Jacksonville, NC on Jan 17, 2012 at 01:45 PM
    So tired of reading such sad stories of young ones losing their lives so soon, so tragically. This is such a beautiful young woman. I feel for her family, his family and for him. He too has lost someone and has such a long life to remember the pain and loss of this careless accident. Prayers for all involved. … the friends, family and community that care about the two of them.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jan 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM
    How weary I am of reading these sad stories. Such a beautiful, young girl. I'm sure the boyfriend is in his own private sad place because of this. Condolences to her family, and his.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM
    The most likely reason to look at further charges is that there is one or more aggravating factors that isn't in the story. He could have been hot-dogging and that caused it or he could have been speeding excessively. He could have been texting and they're waiting for the proof. The bottom line is none of us know. So instead of assuming the worst about the cops and DA, how about we wait and see what happens? This young lady lost her life and if the driver was negligent then he should be charged further.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 at 02:45 PM in reply to
      Yeah, let's assume the worst about the guy driving right?
  • by Ann on Jan 17, 2012 at 09:36 AM
    My prayers are with all involved. I pray this doesn't get out of hand like so many other times when people can be so cruel with their comments. I do not know anyone involved but I do pray for all.
  • by Bryant Carroll Location: Greenville on Jan 17, 2012 at 09:34 AM
    Our justice system has WAAAAYYYY too much leeway on deciding what do do on each case. If this dude was not drunk or under the influence of drugs, why give him more charges?! If there is a reason, please explain....but I have seen people drunk that killed people get charged with less!
  • by Scotty Location: Greenville on Jan 17, 2012 at 09:23 AM
    I agree if it was simply a accident then thats ALL IT WAS A ACCIDENT stop trying to lock him up for it and go catch some real criminals
  • by Vickie Location: Grimesland on Jan 17, 2012 at 09:04 AM
    Seems,the LE just love to file charges.Inexperience,yes,but to make him a!
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