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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington police are investigating after Marine Cory Lee Reese, 22, was hit and killed in the 200 block of Rose Avenue early Sunday morning.

Police say the driver, Jackson Ruelle Davies, 19, was heading south toward Wrightsville Avenue when he hit Reese before running off the road and slamming into a tree and utility pole.

Ben Jones lives just down the road from where the accident happened. He says when he came home from work he was met with a frightening sight.

“There were about 30-40 cop cars out here as well as ambulance and fire department,” Jones said. “I believe that he was trapped in the car for a while, and it looked like they pulled him out and put him on a stretcher going to an ambulance.”

Davies had to be extricated from the car and was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He is charged with DWI, and police say additional charges are pending.

Reese was later pronounced dead.

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Marie Longet
2015 years 11 months ago

Not having all of the facts, on the surface, this is DWI and vehicular manslaughter. No one should be able to take a life, even if it was an accident, and get away with a slap on the wrist and a loss of their driver’s license if they chose to drive while under the influence. I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but nowadays people seem to think you don’t have to pay for your mistakes. Someone DIED because of this person’s combination of immaturity and poor judgment. Driving while under the influence is a choice. No one else should… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

I’m a friend of Cory’s family in Richmond. Let’s try to remember to keep our focus on this great young man that we lost too early. His family is just crushed. His younger sister adored him, his brothers deeply respected and admired him, and his parents loved him and were so proud of him. Let’s remember this part of the story, and keep our thoughts with them. There will be plenty of time to deal with Davies.

2015 years 11 months ago

We all lose people to drugs, alcohol and reason we wish never existed but you people arguing and bitching about this isnt getting anywhere. Just because this kid made a mistake, doesn’t give you the right to judge him. There are PLENTY of people in the military that drive drunk and do horrible things, that being said i do support my troops, but they can be awful people too. I feel bad for the parents of the marine, but guess what…they arnt the only people who lost someone they loved. This kid needs to live with this mistake, pay his… Read more »

Melissa of Apex
2015 years 11 months ago

yes the news gives out facts. but the reason he wasn’t charged with murder or manslaughter? I live in jacks, or Jackson’s, town. he’s a great kid. makes mistakes but who doesn’t. he didn’t “kill a random marine” because he was drunk. my friend was his DD. the 22 year old marine and about 5 others jumped and robbed jack. he jumped in the car and told the dd to drive. she was too scared. he said let me drive and she jumped in the backseat. as he was going to drive away, Corey jumped on the roof of his… Read more »

It wasn't his choice
2015 years 11 months ago

here is the thing though. It wasn’t his plan to get behind the wheel and drive. he had a DD if you have read any of the other posts. Not only did he have a DD but he was beating threatened, and beat up in the process. In that instinct he fled and it was the only thing he saw he had the option to do.

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