A chief master sergeant from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base has been charged with DWI and failure to reduce speed after a crash on George Street late Saturday night in Goldsboro.
Goldsboro Police charged 47 year old Hector Soler of Goldsboro with DWI and failure to reduce speed after his Hyundai slammed into the back of a Jeep driven by 17 year old Johny Watson of Seven Springs. The accident report estimates Soler’s vehicle struck the back of Watson’s vehicle at 70mph in a 35mph zone. After Soler’s vehicle struck the Jeep, it pushed Watson’s vehicle down the road 159 feet into a steel utility pole. The police report lists Soler’s blood alcohol concentration at .16, twice the legal limit in North Carolina.
Watson was transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to Vidant Medical Center with severe head injuries. A passenger in the Jeep was asleep at the time of the accident and didn’t remember details of the crash. Soler told police that the vehicle he hit was parked in the roadway with no lights on at the time of the crash. The accident is still under investigation. Vidant Medical Center has Watson listed in critical condition.