Trucker charged after Wednesday's deadly crash on U.S. 17

An Elizabeth City truck driver has been charged with yesterday's deadly crash on U.S. 17 in Craven County.

State troopers say Brian Harrell has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to reduce speed. They say their investigation is ongoing, and additional charged may be filed, if necessary.

The chain reaction crash with three cars and two tractor trailers happened shortly before 10:00 a.m. in Ernul.

Troopers say a northbound vehicle was making a left turn into a driveway and three cars behind it had stopped. But the Highway Patrol says Harrell's 18-wheeler didn't slow down.

Killed in the crash was Jacob Majarro, while his passenger, Phillip Cordova,was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. They were in a company vehicle for Terminix and Vidant says Cordova is in serious condition Thursday afternoon.

Troopers say it could take between one and two weeks for them to complete their investigation into the crash.


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Troopers have identified the victims in a deadly accident that involved three cars and two tractor trailers on Wednesday.

Both lanes of U.S. 17 in Ernul were shut down after the wreck which happened shortly before 10:00 a.m., just north of the Weyerhaeuser Road intersection. The highway reopened around 3:00 p.m.

Troopers said three vehicles and a tractor trailer were northbound on the highway, when a car in front of the group stopped to make a left turn into a driveway.

For some reason, troopers say the 18-wheeler didn't slow down and rear-ended an SUV, which then pushed a smaller vehicle into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer.

The collision with the second 18-wheeler then pushed the smaller car back into the path of the northbound tractor trailer. The Highway Patrol says at least the front wheels of that big rig went over the hood of the smaller car.

The driver of the smaller car, Jacob Majarro, was killed, and his passenger, Phillip Cordova, airlifted to Vidant Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. They were in a company vehicle for Terminix.

The driver of the SUV, Pamela Pair of Newport, was taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center.

The driver an another SUV involved was not injured, nor were the two tractor trailer drivers.

Troopers say charges are pending in the case. They say the 1995 Freightliner that failed to reduce speed was driven by Brian Harrell of Elizabeth City, while the second big rig was operated by Shawn Marshal of Chesapeake, Virginia.