NC Highway Patrol: Car hit roadside good Samaritans at 60 mph

akenney@newsobserver.comFebruary 18, 2014 

Marshall Hudson Doran

— Marshall Hudson Doran was traveling about 60 mph when he struck and killed two men on the shoulder of Interstate 40 last week, according to a state Highway Patrol accident report made public this week.

The Volvo driven by Doran, 21, had slowed from 65 mph to 60 mph as he swerved to avoid a truck that had spun out in snow last Thursday night, according to the crash report. The two men killed in the crash apparently were on the right shoulder of the highway as they tried to help a trucker, Cardell Gayfield, according to the Highway Patrol.

Doran did not stop after the collision, according to the report. The Highway Patrol said troopers found Doran hiding in a wooded area about 10 miles away, near the Exit 297 marker on Interstate 40, just east of the Gorman Street exit in Raleigh.

Troopers identified the dead men as Larry Austin Kepley, 39, of Winston-Salem and Nathaniel Jeremiah Williams, 34, of Hope Mills. Kepley was a trucker employed by NS Farrington.

Williams was an electronics technician, first class, in the U.S. Navy serving with a special operations unit based on the East Coast, according to Navy spokesman Cullen James. Williams had joined the service in 1997 and continued to serve until his death, James said.

Doran, a student at UNC Wilmington, was charged with two counts of felony death by motor vehicle; felony hit-and-run causing death; reckless driving with wanton disregard for others; misdemeanor driving while impaired; possession of a Schedule 2 drug, the category that includes cocaine; and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

The crash report states that Doran’s car had the license plate “SURFNKB,” possibly a reference to surfing. Doran lives in Kure Beach.

Authorities suspected Doran was impaired by drugs or alcohol, but tests were pending at the time of the crash report, which was filed Sunday night. The crash report did not indicate that weather or road conditions were suspected to be a contributing cause of the crash.

Doran’s attorneys said that the full picture of the case hadn’t emerged, and they weren’t sure yet of all the details. Doran remained jailed Tuesday at the Wake County Detention Center with bail set at $501,000, according to county records.

A search warrant returned to the Wake County Clerk of Court office on Monday provided some details about the crash investigation. Troopers took swabs of what they believe is blood, material that they suspect is human hair and fingerprints from the Volvo station wagon.

Kenney: 919-829-4870; Twitter: @KenneyNC

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