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Driver, family devastated by news that crash killed two

Posted February 14, 2014

— A Kure Beach driver who ran into a cluster of vehicles Thursday night on Interstate 40 faces criminal charges and the knowledge that his actions were fatal for two men on the scene.

Marshall Hudson Doran, 21, faces two charges of felony death by motor vehicle, charges of resisting arrest and felony possession of a controlled substance. 

"He is devastated for the two men who lost their lives," Doran's attorney, Doug Kingsberry, said after his first court appearance Friday afternoon.

Doran was backed by a group of family members when he made his appearance, but afterward he was sent back into custody, held on $500,000 bond.

"They are devastated also," Kingsberry said of Doran's family, "Not because their son is in custody, but, frankly, for the family of those two men."

A representative of the State Highway Patrol said Doran was westbound on I-40 near U.S. Highway 70 at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday when he came upon an earlier skid that involved a tractor-trailer cab, a green Toyota Corolla and gray Dodge Stratus.

Larry Kepley had pulled his truck up behind the vehicles and was putting out reflectors to warn other drivers when Doran's Volvo hit him. Kepley, 39, of Winston-Salem, died at the scene.

The Volvo also hit Nathaniel Williams, of Hope Mills, who was driving the Stratus, troopers said. Williams, a member of the U.S. Navy, was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

Doran drove away from the scene, and Raleigh police and state troopers found his damaged car at I-40 West near Lake Wheeler Road. He had jumped from his car and run into the woods.

They had to bring the Wake County Sheriff's Department's K-9 unit to find him, and he came out of the woods," prosecutors told a judge.


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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 17, 2014

    They're devastated???

    What about the loved ones of the victims???

    Prayers for them all, regardless.

  • Don Dickerson Feb 17, 2014
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    I have zero.1 faith that this young man will receive the true penalty he deserves. A jury will likely never hear how he cold-bloodedly ran down two people on a road he likely had no business being on to start with then fled the scene to eventually be taken into custody after being hunted down by K-9 units. We, as a society, can't pull the trigger on those who think they're above the law any more. There's too many excuses out there now, too many "mitigating factors", too much empathy for "youthful indiscretions". Take a good look at this kid; with no discipline in life anymore, no more standards, no expectations or "judgmental" rules, this is the future.

  • Trixie Feb 17, 2014

    So sorry that he ran away from the scene and then ran into the woods. He's only sorry he got caught.

  • Alexia Terbeck Feb 17, 2014
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    Well said. I just hope that 2 years from now, 12 members of this community send a message to this man and all of his enablers that we don't tolerate this type of behavior in Wake County

  • tri123 Feb 17, 2014

    It was so amazing how the entire community helped each other on Wednesday and Thursday. That's what I find most sad about this situation. Not just that the dumb kid killed two helpers, but that in running he took public safety resources away from everything else they were doing at a very difficult time, and that he's the one that broke the bonds of community during that time. He probably doesn't even know that he didn't just hurt those families, he hurt the entire community by just being painfully, awfully, horribly, stupid.

  • iknowjack Feb 17, 2014

    He sounds pretty sorry all right ... sorry he got caught. And just plain sorry.

  • Alexia Terbeck Feb 17, 2014
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    So... if Doran's BAC was .07 after he was finally caught, what was his BAC when was murdering 2 people???

  • nobody1 Feb 17, 2014

    Devastated being caught

  • Dave Audette Feb 17, 2014
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    wow, imagine how the victims families feel.
    They didn't even break the law!!!
    Give me a break, prosecute him to the fullest.

  • PanthersFan45 Feb 17, 2014

    "Doran drove away from the scene, and Raleigh police and state troopers found his damaged car at I-40 West near Lake Wheeler Road. He had jumped from his car and run into the woods."

    I would think if someone is devstated they wouldn't behave like this. He was probably well aware of what he had done and knew what he had in the car (controlled substance). Once caught he then became devastated. I think everyone knows how this works.