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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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  • vdbyrd

    You are truly an IGNORANT individual. There is EVERYTHING wrong with someone drinking and driving…regardless of their race or political status. He was proven guilty, otherwise he wouldn’t have been arrested. Does everything have to end with a racist comment? Since you are so concerned why don’t you as the “Conservative Jerk” go help since you don’t think a little drink doesn’t hurt anyone. That little drink killed his friend and has affected MANY LIVES due to his bad decisions. Since you know so F*&^ING much, why don’t you dig into your “Conservative pocket” and pay for the deceased man’s funeral, or send his kids to college? YOU’RE A CONSERVATIVE IDIOT

  • Guest2344

    The accident report is out, and explains everything clearly.
    Go to http://p2c.wilmingtonnc.gov/AccidentDetail.aspx and put mark estep in for first and last to read for yourself, but here’s the text:

    *** Mark Estep is unit 1, the other driver is unit 2. ***

    Investigation revealed Unit 1 was failed to yield right of way while turning left into a public driveway and pulled in the path of Unit 2, causing the collision.

    The listed witnesses said that Unit 2 was traveling East on Independence Blvd when Unit 1 turned right in front of him. They both stated Unit 2 had no opportunity to avoid the collision.
    Driver 2 said he was traveling East on Independence Blvd when Unit 1 pulled in front of him.

    Driver 2 said he did not have time to react or avoid the collision and he struck Unit 1 in the passenger door.

    Driver 1 said he was turning into the PVA of the shopping center and thought he had plenty of time. He entered the intersection and was struck by Unit 2.

    The collision caused Unit 1 to overturn onto its driver`s (left) side and caused the death of the passenger.

    Driver 1 was suspected of DWI and arrested for same.

  • Justice For All

    The article here is partially true. I hope the police report is more accurate. Mr. Estep was driving the Chevy Blazer headed toward Carolina Beach Rd, on Independence Blvd. The Green Jeep was headed the opposite direction, toward Shipyard, on Independence Blvd. The Green Jeep was traveling in left lane when Mr. Estep’s Blazer attempted to turn into Food Lion parking lot. The Green Jeep T-boned the Chevy Blazer going full speed.

  • burgerboy

    That old man didn’t do nothin wrong, there’s no law against havin a lil drink to relax, no matter what moohamad obomo says, and everyone is innocent until proven gulity, unlike what some people on here say, so for the time being his is innocent, and all you liberals get on here and rant and rave abot how people should help the poors, well this fella looks like he’s disadvantaged and has problems, why dont them libbers go help him, I think he’s a good boy and he didn’t do nothin wrong, and i pray to moohambo that he gets found innicent, if he was colored then them black caucaus people would come help him but he’s a poor white man so he has to do it all on his own, god bless you my friend

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  • Marquez

    This sucks all around. Mark wakes up with a .04. Can’t bring back John though.

  • Danielle

    I see both sides. The man that was driving was drunk.. and the man that died got in the car with the man that was driving drunk. Theres always two sides to every story. Bless this world! Prayers to the family.

  • quest23254

    your dad is alive……….someone else is planning a funeral for theirs.something has got to be done to keep people from driving drunk. please just stay where you are, call a cab, call a friend, call a family member…………someone, even a cop, would give you a ride home, rather than risk you killing an innocent person who had the misfortune to be heading home from work. it is just senseless and sad

  • Guest-o-matic

    Driving intoxicated alters ones ability to make good judgment, react properly in an emergency and otherwise operate a vehicle in a safe manner. That’s why it’s illegal and that’s also why it’s deadly.

    Next question?

  • Tracie C

    While I find drinking & driving do be a selfish, disgusting move – I saw this accident right after it happened.
    I’m not understanding this: if the Jeep was trying to turn into the parking lot and the Blazer was travelling on Independence Blvd (which is what it looked like in passing the accident) how is the occurrence of the accident as listed in the story above Mr. Estep’s fault?
    Shouldn’t the driver travelling on the main road have the right of way? To turn in to that particular Food Lion, you either make a right off of Independence Blvd, which doesn’t leave any traffic to cross in front of OR you’re making that totally dangerous left turn off of Independence Blvd. In that left turn wouldn’t the oncoming, straightaway traffic have the right of way over someone making said left?
    It just doesn’t make sense in the realm of accountability.
    YES – prosecute him for DWI but, unless I’m not seeing something correctly (and I’m not an investigator), it would be pretty terrible for this person to be charged for a death in an accident he didn’t cause.

  • guesty

    …by driving drunk.

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