UPDATE: Victim identified in fatal Craven Co. crash, driver charged

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) –  One person is dead and two other injured in an accident on U.S. 17 near New Bern.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol says it happened just before 11:45a.m. Tuesday morning.

Troopers tell 9 On Your Side the Luis Ortez was driving a box truck south on U.S. 17 when he hit a tractor-trailer. Investigators say a passenger in the box truck, Darren Estes, was killed in the crash. The 21-year-old was from the Richlands area.

The accident shutdown U.S. 17 near Tuscarora Rhems Road for several hours as troopers investigated the accident.

Troopers say Ortez has been charged with Misdemeanor Death by Motor Vehicle and Reckless Driving.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

 

 

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