Wake deputy: Suspect in I-40 fatal hit-and-run asked if he had hit someone

rgallagher@newsobserver.comFebruary 27, 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.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE HIGHWAY PATROL

— The Kure Beach man charged with killing two men by hitting them with his car on Interstate 40 on the night of Feb. 13 told the Wake County sheriff’s deputy who arrested him that he was the person they were looking for and asked whether he had hit someone, according to an account the deputy gave the state Highway Patrol.

Marshall Hudson Doran also was receiving a phone call from a woman during his arrest, and he told the deputy the caller was a girlfriend on her way to pick him up, the report said.

The written statement from Deputy J.W. Fancett was included in an application that a state trooper made for a search warrant allowing him to examine possessions taken from Doran that night.

Doran, 21, 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.

Fancett said he was with another deputy in an unmarked SUV that they were using because the snowstorm had made roads difficult to navigate. They turned onto Trailwood Drive, south of I-40 just outside Raleigh, and saw a man on foot who appeared to be nervous, Fancett said.

Fancett said he asked for the man’s license.

“Marshall then stated you got me,” Fancett wrote. “I am not going to run. I am the one you are looking for. Marshall then asked what did I hit? Did I hit someone?”

The deputies searched Doran and found a Volvo car key on a length of parachute cord, according to the search warrant. Authorities had found a maroon 2001 Volvo on the side of I-40 with hood damage and a smashed windshield and believed it was the car that had hit the two men and fled.

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 near the U.S. 70 Bypass.

Doran remained in the Wake County Detention Center on Thursday in lieu of $501,000 bail. His next court date is March 6.

Gallagher: 919-829-4572

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