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Bond reduced for Kure Beach man accused of hit & run deaths


GARNER, NC (WWAY) -- The charges and bond have been reduced for a Kure Beach man accused of a hit and run on I-40 last night that killed two Good Samaritans.

Marshall H. Doran, 21, was originally held under $5 million bond for charges including two counts of second degree murder. Today the charges were reduced to two counts of felony death by motor vehicle after a clerical error on the original charges. Doran's bond was also reduced to $500,000.

Highway Patrol says around 8 p.m. Cardell Gayfield of Clayton was driving a bobtail tractor with no trailer west on I-40 when he spun out of control and came to a stop perpendicular to the road. Gayfield placed reflectors in the road, then tried to move his truck out of the lane of traffic.

Larry Kepley, 39, of Winston-Salem, was driving a tractor-trailer west on I-40 when he saw Gayfield and stopped to help. Nathaniel Williams, 34, a member of the US Navy, and another driver swerved to the right of Gayfield's truck to avoid a collision, troopers say, sending both cars down an embankment. Williams walked back up the embankment to help.

Highway Patrol says as Kepler and Williams were standing behind the bobtail tractor, Doran hit them, then drove off. Kepley died at the scene, while Williams later died at a hospital.

"It's just a terrible, terrible tragedy," Gov. Pat McCrory said today during a news conference on the winter storm. "Two people who are just trying to help lose their lives, and I just want to let their families know how sad we are but how much we appreciate them trying to help people in need."

According to a news release, the Wake County Sheriff's Office and Raleigh Police Department quickly set up a perimeter, and a Highway Patrol helicopter came in to help search for Doran. He surrendered to a deputy who found Doran hiding in some woods.

Highway Patrol believes Doran, a college student, was driving under the influence and had drugs in his possession when the crash happened.

"Thought about the commercial that talks about you go and you fight in a war and come back and you're killed on American soil by a drunk driver, and that was a flash," said Mildred Hawthorne, a friend of Williams. "This is kind of what happened. He's helping someone else."

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Hit and Run on 2/13/2014

I do not feel bad for this young man Marshall Doran. He choose what he did. His actions killed 2 very worthy young men who were only at best doing something to help another. If this Marshall Doran was even 1% a decent human he would have NOT HIT & RAN, he would have STOPPED man up and helped those he harmed. That would have been the only HUMANE way to have handled this situation he put himself in and in fact killed two other humans. I do not care whether or not he blew whatever, drank whatever, took whatever pills...the fact is he was a COWARD at best. Yes I am pissed. He killed my cousin. It is very sad that anyone in our justice system allowed such a reduced bond and he gets a taste of freedom when in fact the REAL VICTIMS are dead however both of these men Mr. Williams and Mr. Kepley are no longer in pain, earn their wings and are rejoicing in heaven. May GOD have mercy on Mr. Doran's soul.

Read more than JUST THIS ARTICLE...

If you do further research, he blew under the legal alcohol limit an the "controlled substance" was Aderall that he is prescribed. Also, he gave himself up to the police (some of the reports are saying that he struggled with an officer. I'm not saying that he was right to flee the scene, though I can guarantee he was in shock, but obviously the media is adding things to make him into a "monster". Marshall is not "spoiled, a redneck, or garbage". He made a mistake. And I know that all he can think about is what he did and how it is affecting those 2 men's families.

So he was hopped up on

So he was hopped up on Aderall instead of drunk on alcohol. Taking drugs knowing that you are going to get behind the wheel is a choice, not a mistake. And he should have thought about the potential consequences of his actions before he chose to get behind the wheel.

This is truly a tragic chain

This is truly a tragic chain events that caused the loss of not only two lives, but three...the lost soul of the this young man. My heart goes out to all of the families involved. However, I am appalled by the choice of words voiced in some of the comments, truly unnecessary and truly sad to see that there is still so much hatred in this world of ours.

It is tragic for the men who

It is tragic for the men who lost their lives and their families. This young man should have thought about the potential consequences before he chose to drive while impaired.

Thanks to the Wake County

Thanks to the Wake County Sheriff's Office, Raleigh Police Department and the NCHP for setting up a perimeter and quickly apprehending this thug who had just killed two innocent people and then tried to get away, how dare you!!!

Pay close attention

The article states clearly that that two other drivers had to swerve to avoid collision with Gayfield's truck (the kind gentlemen who got out to help). That means, at least to a layman such as my self (I'm not a crime scene investigator), that even sober drivers had to put themselves at risk by driving down an embankment to avoid collision. Even after having to do this one of the drivers put himself at risk by standing behind the vehicle that caused him to swerve off the road. Drunk or not, diligence is due to determine whether the proper safety precautions we're taking by the victims. My layman's analysis suggests they did not.

Driving drunk is bad, hit & run is bad. But this young man is not guilty of 2nd murder. It could be involuntary manslaughter at best. There are more then two victims to this story. Doran who obviously has issues with drug & alcohol use is also a victim, along with his family who stand to lose him to life behind bars.

Let me get this straight...

You are blaming the people who were killed for being in his way! Oh I get it, he has Affluenza. Give me his address and I'll send him an apology letter on behave of all of us who don't have the money he and his Kure Beach family does.

He isn't a victim

Marshall H. Doran, 21, is charged with two counts of second degree murder, two counts of driving while intoxicated, felony hit and run, careless and reckless driving and drug possession.

All because of choices he made.

2nd Degree murder

He will be found not guilty of 2nd Degree murder on both charges. His others will stand. My question is this, did the truck driver who spun out get charged with reckless driving? Did the two people who swerved off the road get charged with reckless driving? One can't be because he was absent minded enough to go back to the area he swerved to avoid. Seems to me his death was his own fault considering he knew the danger himself. Some thug this guy is...he encountered the same patch of fresh ice as the other drivers did. He did attempt to get away, which is not good but doesn't by any means make him evil. Maybe he was in shock. I dealt with lynch mobs like this during the Casey Anthony trial. I kept saying she would not get convicted. She didn't. The bottom line is drunk or not the road was bad, and the events that preceded what happened verify that fact. He was wrong for running from the scene, and was wrong for driving under the influence. But he is not evil by any stretch of the word. He had an accident ( and several people did that night) he was just misfortunate to have killed two people.

A man choosing to consume

A man choosing to consume alcohol knowing that he is going to get behind the wheel is not a misfortune. Misfortune is the two dead men who were on the same road with a drunk driver. Regardless of your opinions of what the dead men should or should not have been doing, the simple fact remains that if the drunk had not hit them, then they would still be alive. The drunk driver faces punishment for the choices he made. Those two men are dead because the choices that the drunk driver made.

NOT a Voice of Reason....

Every argument you made in his defense in negated by the fact that HE WAS DRIVING IMPAIRED! It doesn't matter how many people wrecked there before or after. He chose to drive drunk and it resulted in the death of two innocent people. Is he Evil? Probably not, but he made a poor choice that resulted in two people's deaths and he must be held responsible. When he chose to drive impaired it is was no longer considered and "accident". He is DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for these deaths. "Misfortunate" (your made-up word, not mine) would apply if he were indeed solely the victim of poor road conditions and bad timing. He lost the right to claim to be a victim of circumstance when he decided to drive drunk. I don't even fault him for running. He was simply hoping that he could sober up before he got caught, I'm just glad he didn't kill anyone else after he left the scene.

Misfortunate -

Sorry I thought I was commenting on a news article. I didn't know was turning in an essay for school. I will be more careful to ensure that my words are in the websters dictionary.

As a commenter above mentioned, people should read beyond the headlines, and article and do some fact finding themselves before they start bleeding all over the comment section with hate.

I would remind everyone that, in the USA, all individuals enjoy the right to the presumption of INNOCENCE. That's what makes this country great. It prevents lynch mobs such as this from terrorizing suspects. It forces decisions to be made by facts, not some sensationalized news story.

As I've stated previously, Doran has an airtight defense (at least against 2nd degree murder (reduced right after I posted my previous comment), in just the events that transpired before his accident. Namely the tractor that spun out, and the two cars that had to swerve into a ditch to miss Gayfield's truck.

If we give any of the above mentioned men the benefit of the doubt, then that same benefit should be extended to Doran. His charges were reduced from several charges that included possession, and DUI, to just two counts of felony death by motor vehicle.

That means that he is no longer charged with DUI, or possession. Which translates to HE WAS NOT Driving under the influence.

A crime is a crime, and if we use that logic, then Gayfield was "impeding traffic", and should of been charged with "reckless driving" and/or "failure to control a motor vehicle." But if we want to act like one charge holds more weight then the other, we defy an entire history of law, in favor of inequality. A right guaranteed to all Americans

Dorans flight indicates a natural reaction to traumatic event. For those of you who don't know, the result of a traumatic event is usually shock.



Are you a idiot?

Weather others had to swerve or NOT. If he was NOT impaired he could have missed the collision, JUST LIKE THE OTHER. DUH. Nuff said. Get a life fool

While I agree that the

While I agree that the victims were partly to blame, the man that hit them was already committing a crime by driving while impaired and having drugs in his vehicle. This makes it a lot worse than had he been sober and still ran.

ALCOHOL: Huge Social Problem

The purveyors of alcohol sold Marshall Doran, a 21-year-old man, the booze, and Doran lacked the maturity to "drink responsibly"-- a laughable statement when young people imbibe.

"Drink responsible" is an admonition issued by the alcohol industry to assuage their guilt for the thousands who are maimed and killed by this poison.

Alcohol is the United States' Recreational Drug of Choice. When you buy it, you are supporting the U.S. Alcohol Cartel--far worse than the "drug cartel."

And the admonition not to drink and drive is also laughable. As a restaurant manager for fifteen years, I have seen couple imbibe too much to get behind the wheel. Driving under the influence is a daily habit for many Wilmingtonians.

So, you've been a restaurant

So, you've been a restaurant owner for fifteen years, and you're telling me you don't take precautions to cover your ass just like the alcohol companies (drink limit, calling a taxi for those drunk, etc.). It's not the responsibility of alcohol companies to monitor what individual's do with it. If you can't just have a drink or two and cut yourself off, you don't need to be doing it. Defending scum who drink and drive, kill people, then flee makes you just as big of a joke. There's something called vigilance as a driver. The two vehicles and men who spun out happened as the truck spun out. There's no controlling that. However, everyone else having time to stop and slow down, because the initial man had already set up reflectors and was attempting to clear the road, shouldn't have been flying by the accident. I hate rubberneckers as much as the next person driving in traffic because of an accident, but this seems like no one was able to go anywhere until they were able to set up the reflectors and move the truck at least out of the one lane. Pay attention while you're driving. You don't fly up on an accident like the highways clear. This is about two men getting killed by an ass of society, not about the "alcohol cartels" as you put it.

Restuarant Manager

I have also worked in a restaurant, and many couples drink or share a bottle of wine with their meal.

Half a bottle of wine with a meal is too much impairment for driving a vehicle.

Restaurant personnel will not tell diners who have imbibed wine or two or three drinks that they are too impaired to drive. They would be fired immediately.

I agree with the manager: Most diners who drink alcohol with their meals should NOT drive afterwards. Alcohol IS the problem. And it's getting worse.

May the families of the

May the families of the deceased find comfort in knowing how awesome these men were... I will keep you all in prayer!!!! We should all take this to heart and make sure everyone in our lives, know how much we love them.. as we are reminded today- how quickly life can end here on earth. Be Blessed

Amen could have said it

Amen could have said it better

Thank you!

Thank you so much for your comment. You are so very right. Nathaniel was a GREAT guy and always helped anyone who needed anything! We are going to miss him so very much. Please hug your kids/family every chance you get because you never know when a tragedy like this can happen!! Our family is still in shock that we lost him.


I am grateful for a heartfelt understanding of the loss in this matter. My son is heartbroken at losing such a good friend and in such a way. Two young men lost their lives and a third, will remain severely injured for what will probably be a very long time. I just want to cry. I have read so many hateful letters and the anger is understandable, but pointless. It seems so clear to me. Extremely poor judgement by a 21 yr old man combined with some sort of substance misuse, incredibly bad road conditions, and just being in the right place at the wrong time led to this terrible event. My heart goes out to all involved.

What is the lawyer going to

What is the lawyer going to come up with to defend him? Either he was under the influence or he is just a cold hearted individual! Either way, he has killed two men and utterly devastated the families and friends.


Why people still drink (or use drugs) & drive is beyond comprehension. This little punk got drunk or high, decided to drive and killed two people. That wasn't bad enough, the punk ran away. He is nothing more than common garbage.

Ok, so let me get this

Ok, so let me get this straight… you are calling Marshall Doran "common garbage," and a "punk," and you don't even consider what he is going through. For God's sake he killed 2 people, you think he is not feeling terrible. Marshall's family is going to read this comment and feel like their child, their baby is a terrible person. How would you feel about that.

He brought this on himself.

He brought this on himself. If the family feels bad they have no one to blame but their loved one. He is in his situation because of the choices he made.

Don't care

Consider what he is going through? He is going through events he caused. I don't care what he is feeling, he killed people because of his choices.

Humans wrecking in snow are garbage? Really Guesty? Schizo freak

Just bide your sweet time until your little kids get to be that age and see if you still call them garbage Guesty FREAK.


That punk piece of garbage was either drunk or on drugs and killed two people and then ran away. Try to get a grasp. My child has enough sense not to do drugs or drink & drive. If you are sick of me, don't read what I post.