A Chief Master Sgt. From Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., is being charged with felony death by motor vehicle following his Driving Under the Influence arrest Dec. 11.
Chief Master Sgt. Hector Soler, 47, of Goldsboro, N.C., was driving a vehicle going 70 mph in a 35 mph zone 11:30 p.m., when his car slammed into a car driven by 17-year-old Johny Watson, of Seven Springs. The collision pushed Watson’s car into a utility pole, according to a report by Goldsboro Police,
According to police reports, Watson had a passenger in the vehicle who suffered minor injuries and was asleep at the time of the crash.
Watson was initially transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital then airlifted to Vidant Medical Center with severe head injuries.
Soler was initially arrested and charged with DWI and failure to reduce speed. He was given a $2,000 unsecured bond. Eighteen hours later, he was rearrested and charged with felony serious injury by vehicle. He received a $20 thousand secured bond and then bonded out.
On Thursday evening, Goldsboro police received word that Watson had died. The charges against Soler were then upgraded to felony death by motor vehicle. He turned himself in at the Wayne County Magistrate’s Office and was given a $75 thousand secured bond. Soler then bonded out.
Soler’s first court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 19 in Wayne County District Court.
According to the police report, Soler told police Watson was parked in the road with no lights on.
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base confirmed Soler is the security forces chief enlisted manager.
Watson’s family has set up a Gofundme account, which can be found at: https://www.gofundme.com/johny-watson-family-support
On behalf of the family, Darla Boseman posted an update to the page saying, “As best said in a quote that Johny loved, “‘Every day may not be good, But there is something good in Every day.’” Today it is with a heavy heart that we update that Johny gained his wings and while it’s a very difficult day for his family and friends there is good to be found in this day. For the first time ever, the Organ Donation flag is flying in front of Vidant Pitt hospital in Johny’s honor for the next 48 hours as he shares the gift of life with others. Please be in continued prayer for his family through this most difficult time. Your love and support are greatly appreciated.”
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