UPDATE: Marine identified as pedestrian killed in weekend crash

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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.

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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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