NEW INFO: More Charges In Fatal Jacksonville Crash

A Camp Lejeune Marine is now facing involuntary manslaughter charges for a crash that killed a woman Wednesday.

Police say Lance Corporal Garrett Weaver of Highland Court faces charges of Involuntary Manslaughter, Reckless Driving, Failure to Reduce Speed, Failure to Stop at a Steady Red Light, and Failure to Yield the Right of Way.

Garrett was charged after the crash with DWI.

The Marine Corps says Weaver is a motor transportation operator, assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2.

Police say Myrna Gabriel-Parks of Jacksonville died in the 7:10 a.m. crash at Bell Fork Road and Hargett Street.

Garrett's bond is set at $31,000.



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Police have identified the woman killed in a crash in Jacksonville Wednesday morning.

Myrna Gabriel-Parks of Jacksonville died in the 7:10 a.m. crash at Bell Fork Road and Hargett Street.

Police say their investigation shows a pickup truck sideswiped a car in front of Ethridge Furniture. They say the pickup then ran a red light and struck a car coming through the intersection.

The pickup driver, Garrett Weaver of Highland Court, was transported to Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was charged with DWI and police say more charges are expected

The 27-year-old woman died at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.


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A critically injured driver has died while police have charged the other driver with DWI.

The crash happened around 7:10 a.m. at the Bell Fork Road and Hargett Street intersection in Jacksonville.

Police say their investigation shows a pickup truck sideswiped a car in front of Ethridge Furniture. They say the pickup then ran a red light and struck a car coming through the intersection.

The pickup driver, Garrett Weaver of Highland Court, was transported to Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was charged with DWI and police say more charged are expected.

Police say the other driver died at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. His name has not yet been released.


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One person was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital after a two vehicle crash in Jacksonville.

The accident happened at the intersection of Bell Fork Road and Hargett Street and involved a pickup truck and a passenger car.

Jacksonville police have not released any information on what caused the accident.


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  • by harry Location: NY on Aug 4, 2011 at 01:09 PM
    I believe this man should go to jail for the rest of his youth. he should be given enough time to contemplate the full effect of his decision that day to driven. this man not only kill a young mother of two, but also tried to flee after the accident. I ask what kind of human being is he. just because you join the army does not make you a good person. a killers is a killer no matter what they do for a living...
  • by In Disbelief Location: jacksonville on Jul 26, 2011 at 08:51 PM
    I have sat and read through all of the comments left here and cannot believe the amount of sympathy that goes out to this killer. Yes, I said it because it's true and that is exactly what he is. The fact that he is on meds for ptsd is no excuse for what he has done. He knowlingly and willing got into his vehicle knowing that his driving could be impaired. He made the conscious decision to get behind the wheel when he could have just as easily made other arrangements to get to work. The decision HE made that morning cost a beautiful, loving mother her life. HIS decisions took a mother away from her little girls and a wife away from her husband. There are so many people that say HE served his country and that's why he got put on meds. Guess what, the man whose wifes life was taken away is in the military as well. He fights for our freedom the same way his wifes killer does. The fact that he got put on meds is no excuse for what he did. He was irresponsible and deserves to pay for what he did but will unfortunately most likely only get a slap on the wrist instead of spending the rest of his life wasting away in prison. A good woman lost her life and it is only fair that he in turn he should lose his. I do not mean that he should literally lose it but he should not be able to step out of prison until his youth has left him. I have no sympathy for this murderer because he doesn't deserve any. For those that say "his medical history should be taken into account", you're right it should be. They should take into account the fact that he read the side effects and still ignored the warnings. They say that only God may judge and I pray that when he does it will not be the merciful but the vengeful God that judges this man for what he has done and the pain he has caused to so many.
  • by CT Location: Jville on Jul 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM
    I have no doubt that the driver of the pickup is probably a good person, and that he feels terrible about what has happened. However; it doesn't change the fact that he made a DECISION to knowingly drive while impaired, which devastatingly cost a wonderful young woman her life. I know her 2 little girls, and the thought that they will now have to grow up without their mother is beyond heartbreaking.
  • by chatting and driving Location: real world on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:22 AM
    Watched a young woman in a subcompact car almost die recently when a full size pickup skidded into an intersection, with brakes locked, as the driver realized he was about to go through a red light. She was lucky that day. Do not assume others are going to stop for a red light. Intersections are where most accidents occur. Look before you proceed.
  • by SP Location: North Carolina on Jul 21, 2011 at 09:30 PM
    My sister taught this ladie's young daughter kindegarten this past year! My heart goes out to this family, as her husband was deployed serving our Country, he loses his wife, and their daughter's without a mother! My sincere condolences to this family! May you all find peace with God!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 06:24 PM
    Would you have had the same reaction if he had killed your child or treasured family member or maybe it was you but instead he broke your neck leaving you paralyzed? People need to be responsible. I am pretty sure he got into that vehicle feeling the effects of whatever he was on but what did he do? He choose to drive anyway. I am not saying he isn't sorry or do not deserve compassion, the fact is he made a dangerous and foolish choice and should suffer the consequences! What about her and her family, they deserve better or anyone for that matter. We cannot make him being a military man with possible PTSD an excuse or plea for a slap on the wrist. It is true that being on these meds does not prohibit driving but!!!!!!!!,a precaution would have been not getting into that car, you can't tell me he did not know he was incapacitated. Do not justify his action!
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      by compassionate soul on Jul 21, 2011 at 08:14 PM in reply to
      Thank you for providing the information that explains the earth shattering nature of your loss. Please accept our sincerest condolences. Were this conversation in person you would know that it comes from the heart. Personally, my request of compassion for all involved was not meant to add further injury to your loss. My apologies. May God embrace you and your family through this difficult time.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 04:03 PM
    I knew the victim who died, and now her two young daughters dont have a mother. He should have taken more caution in his decision making. prescribed or not wont bring her back. he made a huge mistake and should pay for it
  • by Friend on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:29 PM
    Because he "black out from driving...I really hope they look at his medical history"! Oh really, is that the explanation that her family should accept. My best friend of 13 years was killed by this man, her husband is a marine, she has two little girls, but wait who cares because this man has been through so much. My friend husband is fighting for this country fighting for his family and for what? To return home and explain to his 4 and 5 year old why mommy couldn't pick them up from day care that day and because he hasn't been through enough now he must bury his wife!!!! I don't wish death on this man because I am not God but my friend deserves justice. I hope that this stays on his conscience for the rest if his life because no jail time is enough to bring my best friend back. Let's stop the pity party on this man, an innocent woman, mother, wife, sister and friend is gone because of his actions.
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      by TOCCARA on Jul 21, 2011 at 04:43 PM in reply to Friend
      You are so right that's all I see up here is people talking about the driver. My heart goes out to you and here family. I didn't know her I just saw her all the time. I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through. To think of her babies they have no idea what's going on. Heart wrenching. My sincere condolences
  • by compassionate soul on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:25 PM
    Hearts are breaking for the tragedy that took the life of this woman, and the grief her family if faced with. May you find strength to endure. Fault finding (common form of grieving) is being expressed on both sides of this issue. No one here will ever, EVER criticize or condemn the other driver more than he will himself. Bystanders who comment on chaos, do not have a full scope of the devastation this ACCIDENT has caused. BOTH drivers lost their lives, the lives they were living two days ago are gone, gone forever. This man is an extremely honest, dependable and responsible person who made a tragic mistake. We are all capable of mistakes. We are also capable of compassion. Allow him to face the Judge & jury, and if you must speak out without all the facts, P lease remember: The tongue is the deadliest weapon known to man.
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      by Really people on Jul 21, 2011 at 06:18 PM in reply to compassionate soul
      You obviously do not know what being responsible is, and it worries me that you believe that. Would you have had the same reaction if he had killed your child or treasured family member or maybe it was you but instead he broke your neck leaving you paralyzed? People need to be responsible. I am pretty sure he got into that vehicle feeling the effects of whatever he was on but what did he do? He choose to drive anyway. I am not saying he isn't sorry or do not deserve compassion, the fact is he made a dangerous and foolish choice and should suffer the consequences! What about her and her family, they deserve better or anyone for that matter. We cannot make him being a military man with possible PTSD an excuse or plea for a slap on the wrist. It is true that being on these meds does not prohibit driving but!!!!!!!!,a precaution would have been not getting into that car, you can't tell me he did not know he was incapacitated.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 08:02 PM in reply to Really people
        What I can tell you is that none of us were in those vehicles and all the assumptions are based on the initial impact and devastating loss of life. We can't be so arrogant to "know" what someone one's intentions are, but even a dummy could figure out that NO ONE gets into a vehicle knowing they will cost somebody else their life. Slander is irresponsible and needs to stop.
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        by NC Resident on Jul 22, 2011 at 03:20 AM in reply to Really people
        You are absolutely correct. I couldn't agree more. Noone wants to take responsibility for their actions anymore, especially in a courtroom. Its not ok to assume you can drive when you are really impaired.
  • by survived five motorcycles Location: heaven bound on Jul 21, 2011 at 02:36 PM
    Just because you have a green light does not mean others with a red light are going to stop. Drive defensively as if you are on the same road with dangerous drivers because you are.
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      by Childhood hood on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:40 PM in reply to survived five motorcycles
      Hope you practice what you preached, seems like you have it all figure out. Hopefully your defensive driving skills protects you from those driving under the influence. Oh yeah and when you see a green light hope you pause long enough because how stupid of her to go on green!
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      by Really people on Jul 21, 2011 at 06:21 PM in reply to survived five motorcycles
      This has nothing to do with defensive driving there are some things victims just can't prevent. How insensitive, what if it were your kid or loved one. Hope you never have that experience.
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