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Man gets pre-trial release after I-40 crash that killed two

Posted February 13
Updated February 18

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— A Kure Beach driver got pre-trial release Friday after spending the night in jail for a crash on Interstate 40 Thursday night that killed two people.

Marshall Hudson Doran, 21, faces two charges of felony death by motor vehicle. WRAL News initially reported he had been charged with second-degree murder, but prosecutors pointed out that was a paperwork error and never represented an accurate charge because Doran did not have malice in his actions that led to the two deaths.

Doran was westbound on I-40 near U.S. Highway 70 at about 8:30 p.m. 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 up behind the vehicles, and Kepley was putting out reflectors to warn other drivers when Doran's Volvo sedan 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 from Hope Mills, was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

Doran drove away from the scene, and Wake County deputies 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, where police dogs tracked him down.

In addition to the two death by motor vehicle charges, he faces charges of resisting arrest and felony possession of a controlled substance. 

Doran's bond was reduced from $5 million to $500,000. 

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  • monami Feb 14, 7:34 p.m.

    " The kid was likely panicked and did not know what to do. Even at 21 or 51, not everyone keeps their wits about them when something this serious happens."

    Default behavior after hitting 2 people with your vehicle, for anyone with a moral conscience, is to STOP and see if there are injuries and other damage. It takes consciousness of guilt, thinking and planning to drive away, ditch the car and try to hide.

  • csw Feb 14, 7:17 p.m.

    Well maybe he will get off like that kid in another state for being overprivileged.

  • Alexia Feb 14, 6:39 p.m.

    The mistake was driving impaired. But then this adult - who's defined as an adult in every... View More

    — Posted by myers1962

    Well, don't believe everything you read here. The police charged him with drug possession, but somebody commented that it was prescription drugs. The police said they used dogs to find him, yet finding him would have been trivial in the snow. How many tracks were there into the woods? The kid was likely panicked and did not know what to do. Even at 21 or 51, not everyone keeps their wits about them when something this serious happens.

  • myers1962 Feb 14, 6:30 p.m.

    The mistake was driving impaired. But then this adult - who's defined as an adult in every sense of the word at 21-years, flees the scene, parks his car on the side of the interstate and flees into the woods. That behavior right there deserves the higher bond and the higher charge. You can 'he's a good kid' me until the cows come home. Good people don't strike ANY living thing with their car and then drive off and try to hide.

  • monami Feb 14, 6:28 p.m.

    I was there with his family in the waiting room and feel their pain. He's a kid, 21 and made a... View More

    — Posted by Panthers11

    Enable much? That just perpetuates the problem. Leaving the scene is a character issue, perhaps exacerbated by drugs/alcohol, but a character problem nonetheless.

  • King of Ignorance Feb 14, 6:26 p.m.

    Bail is supposed to be used to guarantee the suspect shows up for trial. If he in fact ran away from the scene and resisted arrest, then I don't think he should have been granted bail.

  • dollibug Feb 14, 6:26 p.m.

    Thanks to whomever finally clarified the bond amount....I still think it is quite interesting that it was reduced this much.

  • sunshine1040 Feb 14, 5:48 p.m.

    So by the time police caught him his BA had dropped he had been drinking before getting into the car he left the scene of an accident sorry but he killed two people and fled the scene. Book him and keep him sorry if he has friends or family with money

  • exador7 Feb 14, 5:04 p.m.

    I'll say it again,,, What is being done to curb drug use, dysfunction, mental illness and ignorance in our youth???

  • scubagirl2 Feb 14, 4:57 p.m.

    @honesty first on : Come on WRAL, 5 million is the same as 5000,000

    I don't think anyone gets it yet.

    — Posted by dollibug

    huh? gets what? that they are both the same? lots 'get it'

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