Troopers comb smashed Volvo for evidence in I-40 crash that killed two

From staff reportsFebruary 20, 2014 

The State Highway Patrol seized this Volvo that they charge Marshall Hudson Doran was driving when two men died on Interstate 40 on Feb. 13.


— State Highway Patrol troopers, continuing their probe of a hit-and-run crash that killed two men on foot on snowy Interstate 40 on Jan. 13, searched the car that they say Marshall Hudson Doran was driving for evidence that it hit the victims, a search warrant shows.

With his request for the warrant, which was sought and granted Monday, Trooper Fred A. Truelove, a crash investigator, included a photo showing the 2001 Volvo station wagon with a caved-in hood and a smashed windshield.

For the investigation, it was necessary to “obtain photographs, measurements, and any parts or other evidence that may have transferred from the victim to the vehicle,” Truelove said in asking for the warrant.

The warrant was returned Wednesday to the Wake County Clerk of Courts office.

Truelove said he also needed “receipts, papers, personal items, etc., that could assist in a recreation of the events leading up to and after the time of the crash....”

Doran, 21, of Kure Beach, a student at UNC Wilmington, is 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 and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

He was picked up on foot near I-40 after authorities found the Volvo abandoned along the highway.

The crash killed Larry Austin Kepley, 39, of Winston-Salem and Nathaniel Jeremiah Williams, 34, of Hope Mills, both of whom were on foot trying to help after a truck spun out of the slick interstate and cars collided.

Doran remained in custody in Wake County in lieu of $501,000 bail Thursday.

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