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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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71 Comments on "UPDATE: Marine identified as pedestrian killed in weekend crash"

2015 years 10 months ago

The bottle in his hand was not opened and he was just a teenage boy joking around not trying to hurt anyone in the picture. There was no alcohol in his system in that picture. Know the facts before you say anything.

2015 years 10 months ago

After going outside to see why his friend was being kicked out, Davies was confronted by three men being rudely asked to leave. Stupidity kicked in and Davies head butted Reese. Realizing what he had just done he ran away with his female DD Kim. By the time they got in the car and had turned around the car was surrounded by at least ten frat brothers/Reese. The men were demanding Davies step out of the car to get beaten by them. Chants like “Your f*****d” “Your dead” ” We are going to kill you” were being made. Davies was pleading with his DD to drive his car away from the mob, but she was frozen in fear. After many failed attempts to make her drive she got out of the car while it was in park yet turned on. The mob took that chance to hold the door open while Davies was trying to shut it to lock himself in his vehicle. After being beaten in the face, and almost being pried out by his ear, and arm Davies threw on his seatbelt and tried to drive. Reese Jumped on the car, trying to prevent him from driving so that the mob could have their way with him some more, but in fear of his life Davies started to drive off with Reese on the hood. After driving about 1/8 of a mile Davies stopped the car in order for Reese to get off the hood, but he did not. Davies started driving again out of pure adrenaline. Not being able to see anything he ran into a tree causing Reese’s death.

That is what witnesses have come forward and said. This article was published before any amount of truth could reach the public.

2015 years 10 months ago

I agree with homie up here. obviously our countries finest picked a fight he couldnt finish.

Marie Longet
2015 years 10 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 have to pay for that bad choice. Had he himself died in the accident it would have been sad, but a direct result of his own choices and actions. In this case someone else died who was NOT a part of the driver’s bad choice. If the marine played a part in what happened then we will all find that out in time, but for now, with what we know, the driver must take responsibility for his actions and suffer the consequences. It’s the least he can do considering he killed another human being. What if the one he killed had been your brother or sister, your own child, your spouse or your parent?

Friend of Cory
2015 years 10 months ago

It is horribly offensive for you to equate fines and jail time with the LOSS of someones LIFE. Cory’s life was taken from him at 22 years old, and that is a horrible tragedy on its own. If you think that fines and jail time are equal to that, or that a monetary donation to Cory’s family will compensate for their loss, you need to reconsider your personal values. His family and friends will miss him forever and forever mourn this loss. Rest in peace, Cory. I love you dearly and hope your family and the rest of your friends are able to find peace.


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