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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