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New River Marine killed in Onslow County wreck identified

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Apr 22 2013 09:09:21 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 22 2013 05:31:38 PM CDT
RICHLANDS, ONSLOW COUNTY -

The Highway Patrol released the identity of a New River Marine killed in a wreck Monday morning, just two weeks before his 19th birthday.

According to investigators, 18-year-old Christopher Jonas Navarro, of North Chesterfield, Va., died form his injuries. Navarro was driving towards Jacksonville, on U.S. 258, near A.I. Taylor Road, just before 4:30 a.m. Monday, when he lost control of his car and hit a culvert in a ditch, said Sgt. R.E. Dudley. The vehicle then went airborne and flipped several times, ejecting the victim.

Navarro died at the scene, Dudley said. He was not wearing a seat belt and high speed was a factor.

There was no immediate sign of alcohol, said Trooper R.E. Dudley. Investigators are waiting on a toxicology report.

Navarro's birthday is on May 5.