Charges Filed In Case Of Two Marines Killed After SUV Lands in Canal

Charges were filed Monday against a Marine police say killed his two passengers when the car he was driving lost control and landed in a canal.

Highway Patrol says Mark Lawson now faces 2 counts of misdemeanor death for the accident that happened near Catfish Lake over a week ago.

Troopers say the Three Cherry Point Marines were leaving the lake after a night of fishing when they asked a stranger for directions.

Lawson told police that person had a gun and started coming after them.

That's when Lawson says he took off, speeding too quickly around a curve before hitting a metal bulk head flipping his SUV.

Brandon Allen and Elliot Teisler drowned when the SUV landed in the canal.

Lawson has a June 25th court appearance.

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Two Cherry Point Marines were killed Friday after the SUV they were in landed in a canal, the driver, also a Marine, survived the crash.

According to troopers the driver, Mark Lawson, says the three were leaving Catfish Lake after a night of fishing. The men stopped to ask someone for directions, and Lawson says that a stranger had a gun and started coming after them.

Lawson says that's why he sped too quickly around a curve, where he hit a metal bulk head and flipped his SUV upside down into a canal.

He says he tried to pull out his friends, Brandon Allen and Elliot Teisler, but they both drown.

He then wandered the forest for hours until he was able to find help.

Troopers say they are still investigating, and right now there have been no charges filed.

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