On May 4 at approximately 2:00 p.m., a 21-year-old Marine stationed at Cherry Point was killed in a motorcycle accident. The Minnesota native was traveling east on N.C. 24 near Newport when a pick-up truck exited the Pender Park Fuel Market and collided with the motorcycle, resulting in the accidental death of the motorcyclist.
The 72-year-old driver of the truck reportedly told police that he had stopped to allow a funeral procession to pass and did not see the motorcycle before exiting the parking lot. The impact knocked the rider off the motorcycle. He landed on the north side of the road. The victim survived until emergency responders arrived but was later pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck was not injured.