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UPDATE: Driver charged with death by motor vehicle, DWI in deadly crash


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A man who was driving during a crash that killed his passenger and hurt several others last night now faces charges for the death.

The two-car crash happened at the intersection of Carolina Beach Rd. and Independence Blvd. around 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Police say a Jeep trying to pull into the Food Lion parking lot there turned in front of a Chevy Blazer, which flipped over.

Police say the front-seat passenger in the Blazer, John A. Jackson Jr., 53, of Wilmington, was killed as a result of his injuries from the crash. WPD Spokeswoman Linda Rawley said firefighters had to forcefully remove several passengers from one vehicle.

Police say the Blazer's driver Mark William Neil Estep, 39, of Wilmington, is charged with felony death by motor vehicle, DWI and failure to yield the right of way. Estep is in the New Hanover County Jail under a $30,000 bond. His first court appearance is slated for this afternoon.

Editor's Note: Wilmington Police originally provided a description of the vehicles that was not accurate. Based on comments posted on this story regarding the vehicles, WWAY informed a WPD spokeswoman of the issue and updated the information with her confirmation of the correct descriptions.

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