Camp Lejeune Marine reservist from Iowa charged in fatal weekend crash in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A Camp Lejeune Marine reservist from Iowa has been charged after a fatal weekend crash in Jacksonville.

It happened Saturday on Gum Branch Road near NC Highway 53 (Western Boulevard Extension).

24-year-old Diego A. Hurtado of Waukee Iowa was charged Tuesday afternoon with Misdemeanor Death By Vehicle, among other charges, including Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid a Crash.

Investigators said that a 1999 Ford van, driven by 61-year-old William Newton of Jacksonville had made a right turn off NC Highway 53 onto Gum Branch Road and was traveling straight ahead in the right travel lane.

Hurtado’s vehicle, a 2015 Ford Fusion, was traveling North in the left travel lane when he sped up to pass through the intersection when his light changed to yellow and went through the intersection after his light was red.

Hurtado swerved to the right in an attempt to miss hitting both vehicles when he realized he was rapidly overtaking them in both the left and right travel lanes, but was unsuccessful, striking the rear of Newton’s van about 200 feet past the intersection.

Following impact, Newton’s vehicle went left of center and off the roadway to the left, striking a highway sign and utility pole.  It came to rest in a wooded area adjacent to the shopping center.

Both Newton and a passenger in his vehicle, 59-year-old Josephine Futrell, also of Jacksonville, were transported to Onslow Memorial Hospital. Futrell was transferred to Vidant Medical Center, where she died as a result of her injuries

Hurtado was placed under a $21,000 bond.

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