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Seymour Johnson sergeant charged with teen's death in DWI wreck

Posted December 16, 2016

Hector Soler

— A Seymour Johnson Air Force chief master sergeant is charged with the death of a teenager in a DWI crash in Goldsboro, police said.

Goldsboro police said Hector Soler, 47, of Goldsboro, turned himself in on Thursday night and was released Friday morning on a $75,000 secured bond.

Soler was originally charged with DWI, failure to reduce speed, civil revocation of driver's license and felony serious injury by vehicle in the Saturday night wreck on S. George Street near Carver Boulevard. Police said Soler crashed into a vehicle driven by Johny Robert Watson

The charges were upgraded when the teenager, Watson, 17, of Seven Springs, died Thursday morning, according to authorities. A passenger in Watson's car was identified as Madison Grey Mooring, of Goldsboro.

Watson was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital with severe head injuries, police said, and he was later air lifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Soler initially told authorities Watson's vehicle was parked in the roadway with no lights on, but an investigation determined that was not true. Watson's Jeep was moving, and the vehicle's lights were on, police said.

Soler's first court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

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