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Family disputes claim of argument before fatal Walmart crash

Posted August 4, 2010

— The family of a Triton High School senior charged with murder in a June wreck that killed his girlfriend said Wednesday that they have found nothing to support police statements that the teens were arguing before the crash.

Dillon Tart, 18, was indicted two weeks ago on a charge of second-degree murder. He is on house arrest while awaiting trial.

Ashley Moore, 16, a junior at Triton High in Dunn, died in the June 4 crash in the parking lot of a Walmart between Dunn and Erwin. Tart, who was driving the SUV, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police have said that witnesses told them the teens were arguing inside Tart's SUV at a gas station several hundred yards away shortly before the vehicle accelerated, clipped two vehicles and then flipped several times, hitting the front of the store.

Tart's mother, Patricia Jackson, said witnesses have told her insurance company that they only heard Moore screaming before the crash.

"My insurance adjuster has the same witnesses and has gotten them to sign papers stating they heard no arguing coming from the car," Jackson said.

She and Tart say that supports their belief that he suffered a seizure before the wreck. Medical records show he has a history of seizures, having suffered grand mal seizures in November 2007 and July 2008 that sent him to the hospital.

Dillon Tart with his mother, Patricia Jackson Web only: Teen, mother say fatal wreck was tragic accident

"People think that he's lying, he's making an excuse. He's not," Jackson said. "You know your kid. I know he wouldn't ever do that."

Tart said he remembers nothing about the crash and says he can't think of any reason he and Moore would have argued.

"The last thing I remember is passing Smithfield's (Chicken 'n) Bar-B-Q in front of Belk's, then I woke up at WakeMed hospital," he said. "I think I had a seizure. I mean, there's no way I would do anything to hurt Ashley."

The teens had dated for two years, and Tart said he planned to marry Moore after they graduated from Triton High. He said he wanted to attend community college and study criminal justice.

Moore would have turned 17 on Thursday. Her parents said Wednesday that they aren't ready to discuss her death publicly.

"It's like a nightmare. You want to wake up from it," Jackson said. "I want her back. I wish I could bring her back every day, not just for my son, but for her mom and her dad. I can't imagine what they're going through."

Tart now has a tattoo to remember Moore by, saying that he misses everything about her.

"People (are) saying I murdered her. I did not murder her, and they're wanting to say that I did," he said. "I loved her with all my heart."


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  • kehlerdiane Aug 6, 2010

    You people out there saying he shouldn't have been behind the wheel, that would be correct. The doctors should be brought up on charges of malpractice. They didn't have him meds. They also didn't deny him the drivers license. My daughter has epilepsy and has had it for the past 5 years and still is not driving and she's 20. It took 5 didn't meds and the epilepsy ward at Duke to figure out what would work. So I feel for him and his family and the poor girl that had to die because of this. Blame the doctors for not doing their job not him. I hope they sue, I would.

  • ncmedic201 Aug 5, 2010

    h3ardita, where in this story does it say they had sex? You can't charge someone with statutory rape just because he is 18. Why must people make such assumptions? You are reading something into this story that is not even there.

  • familyoffour Aug 5, 2010

    Why would he be charged with statutory rape?

  • h3ardita11b4 Aug 5, 2010

    osok191 - I was saying IN ADDITION to the crime that he SHOULD be facing, he SHOULD be charged with statutory rape as well. Stop making excuses for this GROWN MAN. If he had a medical condition, he should not have been behind the wheel anyway. If he got behind the wheel with a medical condition, he's JUST AS GUILTY. He knew better, so did his family. There's no reason for folks to be justifying this! Sheesh.....

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 5, 2010

    MillerB, please re-read my posts. No where did I say he was a murderer. I was condemning people for sympathizing with a person who killed (voluntarily or not) another person...while these same people showed no such care for the person who actually died...at his hands. And, I said that if he KNEW he could blackout and failed to address this problem, then YES he should be held responsible in the same manner that we hold DWI drivers. Do you disagree with that?

    But your comment “Regardless of whether this was malicious...this poor boy...” was over the top. You’re saying that we should sympathize and coddle this guy even IF he did it on purpose (maliciously). In NC, malicious acts resulting in death would be a strong case for Second Degree Murder...and you want to coddle. Care to rephrase?

  • ncmedic201 Aug 5, 2010

    wildcat is nothing more than a troll stirring the pot, a child playing on the computer or an adult who is telling tall tales. Anyone know how I block this person so I don't have to read any of this nonsense anymore?

  • Soli Deo Aug 5, 2010


    Inside the car? I'm sorry ... INSIDE THE CAR? Witnesses heard "shouting." Were they shouting at each other or was she shouting at him to wake up because he was convulsing, or maybe was she screaming in terror the car was out of control? As for speculation, WILDCAT, you already have him convicted of murder. Check your own posts.

  • iamsiam1096 Aug 5, 2010

    Eyewitness accounts are highly unreliable...proven fact, everyone keys in on different factors. As far away as the witnesses were, hard to know if they could read lips or know exactly what was said. Maybe they were arguing, maybe not, unknown by anyone other than the young man as to where his mind may or may not have been, again moot point. What little snippets are on the news are hardly sufficient to make a call of innocent or guilty.

  • wildcat Aug 5, 2010

    Has this young man talked to the girls parents at all?

  • wildcat Aug 5, 2010

    When the courts do make a decision, I just wonder what all the cover-ups will be saying then. So lets just wait until court time. Can you do that or you just want to keep the speculation going?