Marine Dies In Car Accident

A Camp Lejeune Marine is ejected from his car during an accident and later dies.

It happened Sunday just before 3 a.m. in Jacksonville.

Police say Daniel Gilbert of Camp Lejeune was driving his 1997 Mercedes when he lost control and ran off the roadway. Police say Gilbert was ejected from his car. The Mercedes rolled over several times before coming to a stop.

Gilbert later died at the hospital.

His passenger Daniel Ritchie also of Camp Lejeune only suffered minor injuries.

Here is how the information was given to WITN by the Jacksonville Police Department:

At approximately 0250 hrs on 5-17-09, officers of the Jacksonville Police Department, NC DOT, Jacksonville Fire Department, Jacksonville Volunteer Rescue Squad, and Onslow County Emergency Medical Services responded to a single vehicle crash which occurred on the bypass at the split with US 17 Southbound and NC 24 Westbound. A preliminary investigation reports the vehicle was traveling NC 24 West/US 17 South and attempted to change lanes from NC 24 Westbound to travel US 17 Southbound. The driver of the vehicle, identified as 19 year old Daniel Gilbert of 2nd MLG CLB 6 Supply Bn, Camp Lejeune, NC was operating a 1997 Mercedes sedan and lost control causing the vehicle to run off the roadway to the left and travel up the embankment of the overpass of NC 24 Eastbound. Mr. Gilbert was ejected from the vehicle and came to rest on top of the overpass in the lanes of NC 24 Eastbound. The vehicle continued traveling and came to rest at the bottom of the embankment. Mr. Gilbert was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. The passenger, identified as Daniel Ritchie of 2nd MLG CLB 6 Supply Bn, Camp Lejeune, NC was treated for minor injuries. The roadway was closed for approximately three hours. This crash is still under investigation.

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  • by Lisa Location: Jacksonville,NC on May 23, 2010 at 03:26 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you & your family Crystal! He will always be our hero!
  • by Melba Location: Pottsville, Ar on May 21, 2010 at 12:08 PM
    I just now found this by looking for my son which is in Afghanistan right now. He is a Marine and was the day he signed the papers. These boys are held so high when losing their life overseas but when losing a life in the U.S it seems as though ignorance takes over and people argue over things just to have something to argue about. Im still so saddend by the death of this young Marine, I've prayed for the family and still do so. This really hit close to home because the other Daniel in the car is my son. Daniel still misses his friend..We will continue to pray..
  • by Crystal Location: New London MO on Jan 25, 2010 at 08:53 PM
    Well I know this is an old post but I haven't been able to make myself look at these things until now. I am the mom of this "Marine", or young man, (how ever you want it phrased in the report) and no matter how or where he died we were proud of him for devoting his life to our country. We miss him so badly. Thank you for all of the prayers. Semper Fidelis
  • by Sarah Location: New London Missouri on May 20, 2009 at 10:27 AM
    DJ was like my little brother and my very best friend. The comments that are made on here are rude to his friends and family, I suggest you think before you write. Marine's are heros no matter if they have fought in action or not. They stand up for this country, as for them being held to a higher standard they should be.
  • by Joshua Location: Jacksonville on May 20, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    Quit bashing the Sgt Major. He was emphasising WHY the title MARINE should be used, because we are held to that higher standard. Make sure you read all the comments before commenting yourself. God bless Gilbert's Family.
  • by WIFE OF DEVIL DOG Location: Hannibal, Mo on May 19, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    To "YEAHHH" You can email me directly at
  • by Peppers Location: Richlands NC on May 19, 2009 at 04:47 PM
    My prayers go out to the family of the MARINES who was in the accident. I for one respect the Marines in all they do. My husband is retire Marine and to this day he still calls it His Marine Corp. It is a terrible loss. God Bless you.
  • by TO WIFE OF DEVIL DOG on May 19, 2009 at 09:56 AM
    Do you have an e-mail address? I posted the "YEAHHH" comment. I'd like to talk to you on e-mail and not on here for a more personal reason regarding the accident.
  • by Wife of Devil Dog Location: Hannibal, Mo on May 18, 2009 at 08:29 PM
    D.J. Gilbert was just married to my niece about a month ago, now she will be planning his funeral, they had plans to build a wonderful life together. When making such a comment about someone who died in an ACCIDENT, think about how it may be affecting those that love them!!!The reason it is important to say he is a Marine is because he was, and in case you hadn't noticed, that is why he was there, to be a Marine. If he was just a regular guy in a small town, he would be a man. A man with a family, a wife, mother & father. He will be greatly missed and there are people suffering greatly right now. Imagine if it was your son, brother or friend. Have some respect. Since he is someone's son, husband and friend, know that he was a man,a Marine & all of those things. I guess since it was an accident that caused this, and he wasn't in Iraq or somewhere its less painful? And Sgt. Major, good thing the Marines still accepted you, even though your "honor" is questionable. Semper Fi
  • by hometown Location: Hannibal, MO on May 18, 2009 at 08:24 PM
    It saddens me to hear that "DJ" was killed in an accident. My daughter went to Catholic grade school through high school with this young man. My sympathy goes out to his family.
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