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Driver, family devastated by news that crash killed two

Posted February 14, 2014 8:51 p.m. EST
Updated February 14, 2014 10:41 p.m. EST

— 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.