UPDATE: Driver In Bridge Accident Indicted For Murder

A Carteret County grand jury has indicted a man on a second-degree murder charge in a crash that forced another driver off a high-rise bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway.

Aaron Wesley McGarva, 22, also has been indicted on a charge of felony hit and run.

The April 3 wreck occurred on the bridge near Morehead City. Police say McGarva was speeding when he rear-ended a pick-up truck driven by 63-year-old William Knott Jr.

Knott was killed after his truck was forced over the bridge railing and into the Newport River.

Morehead City police said they found marijuana in McGarva's vehicle.

Lesser original charges against McGarva, including felony death by motor vehicle and marijuana possession, were dismissed in the indictment.



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The family of the man killed in a wreck on a high-rise bridge has announced plans for his funeral.

The obituary says Billy Knott, Jr. was 64 years old when he died Sunday. A memorial service is planned for Thursday at 3 p.m. at Munden Funeral Home in Morehead City.

Knott's obituary says he worked for Food Lion for more than 20 years. His most recent post was as produce manager at the store in Beaufort.

Knott leaves behind a wife, stepsons, a stepgrandson and a brother.



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A man accused in a deadly weekend crash where the other vehicle plunged into the Newport River is back in jail.

Judge Karen Alexander increased Aaron McGarva's bond to $1 million after prosecutors asked for bond that he couldn't post. They say while McGarva has lived in the area for the past 14 years, he is a Canadian citizen and hold a passport from that country.

The 22-year-old man now faces a half dozen charges after assault on a government official and resisting a public officer charges were added today. He originally was charged with felony hit and run, misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He was released Sunday night after posting a $150,000 bond.

Morehead City police say McGarva's vehicle struck the rear of a pickup truck driven by William Knott of Newport. It happened on the high rise bridge across the Newport River.

Knott's pickup truck went off the bridge and it was recovered several hours later.

McGarva's next court date of April 8th.


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A man accused in a fatal wreck where a pick up truck crashed into the Newport River after falling from a high-rise bridge has had his first appearance delayed today.

Aaron McGarva has been charged with felony hit and run, misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He was released Sunday night after posting a $150,000 bond.

Morehead City police say McGarva's vehicle struck the rear of a pickup truck driven by William Knott of Newport. It happened on the high rise bridge across the Newport River.

Knott's pickup truck went off the bridge and it was recovered several hours later. Court officials say the first appearance for the 22-year-old McGarva has been delayed until police can appear in court with autopsy results for Knott.


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A man accused in a fatal wreck where a pick up truck crashed into the Newport River after falling from a high-rise bridge has posted bond.

Aaron McGarva, 22, was released from the Carteret County Detention Center at 6:47 p.m. Sunday, according to officials at the facility.

McGarva's bond had been set at $150,000. The district attorney's office says McGarva is scheduled to make an appearance in court today.

Morehead City police are handling the investigation.



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According to police a man was killed after his pickup truck went off a high rise bridge early Sunday morning after it was rear-ended by another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle has now been charged.

Officers say the crash happened around 5:40 a.m. on the high rise bridge that connects Beaufort to Morehead City. They say a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Aaron McGarva of Beaufort rear-ended a pickup truck. The truck then crashed into part of the guard rail and eventually flipped over it and plunged into the water. A dive team was called out to the scene. The person inside that pickup truck, 63-year-old William Knott of Newport, was killed.

McGarva was treated and released from the hospital. Officers had to shut down the bridge for a couple of hours while they tried to get the truck out. They say the truck is now out of the water.

McGarva has been charged with felony hit and run, misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He was placed in jail under a $150,000 dollar bond.

Police are still investigating this crash and plan to reconstruct the scene this week.


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  • by reality Location: morehead on May 15, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    You who never speed !!!!And never question yourself about mmmm I feel fine to drive hope I dont see any police ... you know who you are ...cast the first stone .. sad to have the bridge have such a side walk and low rail and you see not even tail lights till you crest it ..wow you too could hurt someone and what if you had a concussion and wandered mmm wow now you could be the murderer .. lets be real could be so many of us .. such a tradgedy ..so sorry for the victim and family but the so self righteous of the comments makes me want to get real ..people even fall asleep at the wheel !!! Accidents happen ..Aaron is a sweet guy and would have tried to save mr. Bill if he wasn't in a dazed concussion ..He will live with deep pain of sad grave regret ..Its all beyond sad, hope none of us make a mistake in life mmm ya throw that stone .. and hope you never feel the Karma of judging as if you are so perfect and know all mm good luck with that
  • by LJF Location: Beaufort, NC on May 6, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    May this poor man (victim) rest in peace. This kid was breaking the law and this all could have been avoided if he was not high on Meth and he was doing the speed limit and paying attention. An innocent person died because of his choices. He should be held accountable.
  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on May 6, 2011 at 06:06 AM
    Sorry, made a stupid post. You have my permission to kick me in the rear if you know me. To the family, please forgive me for that dastardly deed. Thanks.
  • by Mom Location: NC on May 3, 2011 at 01:35 PM
    To Sug - Oh please. This guy did everything they said he did and could have cared less by his actions after the wreck that he killed a man. He ran from the scene and was obnoxious and verbally abusive when he was caught. Hush Sug - just hush.
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 11:23 AM
    To Beaufort County Curious - No, No and No. And probably NO to all your questions. Should have sat in court if you had so many unanswered questions.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 3, 2011 at 08:37 AM
    That boy really messed up big time. Stupidity is what could land him in prison for a long long time.
  • by Sick and Tired Location: greenville on May 3, 2011 at 08:25 AM
    Well, the charges are going to get some attention here, as well they should. If the facts and charges line up then he deserves to do 15-20yrs for the murder of this man. I'm eager to see the supporters of this t*rd come out of the wood work or from under their rocks.
  • by lisa Location: enc on May 3, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    speeding is irresponsible, dangerous, and just plain stupid. this kid is not so stupid that he doesn't know this. yet he did it anyway. he made that choice to do something dangerous and illegal. the laws and rules are made to protect people, not just control a person's life. we don't want to be told what to do or what not to do. we want to live and have fun in any way we want. touble is, living outside the rules, leads to dire consequences to ourselves, as well as to others. to those who make excuses for this kid, keep in mind that we make our own decsions to live under the rules or to break them. OUR choice, OUR consequence.
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    I was shocked to read the headlines, but after reading and seeing he had drugs with him, I am going to say justice will be served with the sentence. People using drugs need to wake themselves up and get real. Time to stop. This is justice people.
  • by ralph Location: ahoskie on Apr 7, 2011 at 09:44 AM
    just HOW FAST was the kid going to blast the truck off the bridge?
    • reply
      by Dave on May 3, 2011 at 10:21 AM in reply to ralph
      About 100 mph I'd bet.
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