WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wake County teen is charged with felony death by motor vehicle after an accident early Sunday morning in Wilmington.
Jackson Davies turned himself in last night after he got out of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Today he made his first appearance in front of a judge.
Police say the 19-year-old East Carolina student is to blame for the death of Marine Cory Reese, 22, early Sunday morning.
Prosecutors said the violence started when Davies and two friends were asked to leave a Sigma Nu fraternity party early Sunday on Rose Ave. They say when the men got outside, Reese and a member of the fraternity asked them to leave again.
“The defendant head butted Reese in the face, knocking him to the ground,” Assistant District Attorney Doug Carriker said.
The DA’s Office said that’s when Davies and his friend ran to the car. Reese and members of the fraternity surrounded it. Panicking and scared, the driver got out, and Davies slid behind the wheel. Prosecutors say Davies hit Reese knocking him on to the hood of the car.
“Witnesses say the defendant was driving on that street with Reese on the hood at 50 miles an hour or greater,” Carriker told the judge.
But Davies’s attorney Thom Goolsby said the teen acted in self defense because he was getting attacked by Reese, who was holding onto the car and punching at the glass.
“This is not from an accident,” Goolsby said. “I have pictures of bruising on his arm where you can see that handprints are there.”
Carriker said Davies hit a tree killing Reese.
Davies is also charged with DWI.
The headquarters of the Sigma Nu fraternity said it has suspended all activity of UNCW’s chapter pending an investigation.