Wednesday 19 Jun 2019

17 Year Old Dies After Being Hit In Weekend DWI Accident

A 17 year old teen has passed away after his vehicle was hit over the weekend by a chief master sergeant from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Hector Soler has been charged with DWI, felony serious injury by motor vehicle, and failure to reduce speed. Updates to those charges are expected from the Goldsboro Police Department. The accident report states Soler was driving 70mph in a 35mph zone when his vehicle slammed into the vehicle driven by 17 year old Johny Watson of Seven Springs. Watson was flown to Vidant Medical Center with severe head injuries where he passed away today. Vidant Medical Center held a flag ceremony for him this morning and as were his wishes, his organs are being donated to help others. He will continue to live on through each donor recipient.

The police report listed Soler’s blood alcohol concentration at .16, twice the legal limit in North Carolina. Soler told police that the other vehicle was in the road stopped with no lights on, but family members told Goldsboro Daily News that investigators later found that wasn’t the case. Police told the family that Watson’s lights were indeed on at the time of the incident and he was driving, not stopped as Soler said.

Soler is active duty on base and is the manager for security forces at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Seymour Johnson Public Affairs said, “the Wayne County District Attorney is maintaining jurisdiction over the case” at this time. Public Affairs added that Air Force leadership along with legal officers are reviewing the facts of the case to determine proper action.

Friends have setup a GoFundMe page to help Watson’s family and say they appreciate all the support everyone has shown.

An announcement was posted to the GoFundMe page around 2pm that says “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.”

Click Here to view the GoFundMe page.

Photo from GoFundMe


  1. Linds says:

    I’m going to continue to remind everyone what this slime ball did. So far they too all he rank he’s getting dishonorable discharge and he not collect any retirement

  2. June Johnson says:

    My Prayers & Sympathy goes out to the Family & Friends of this young man whose Life was cut short due to selfish and senseless act of incompetency by a SUPPOSED responsible ADULT. This man will live with this for the REST of his life. I CERTAINLY hope he is SORRY for his actions to the HIGHEST degree and somehow makes some type of amends to this Family and our Lord Savior.

  3. Sandi says:

    My prayers are with this young man and his family! Thank you for your gift of life for others! That is a wonderful gift after so much sadness. May he live on in the heart and lives of others that he saves.

    As far as the soldiers that did this, we will pray for you as you will have to live with this the rest of your life. We never know what others are dealing with. I pray that you get help and find it in your heart to ask for forgiveness.

    Love to all involved!

  4. Teresa says:

    Sending thoughts and prayers for all. May God ‘s grace fill the hearts of this family. So sorry for their loss.

  5. Sharon says:

    Sweetie I am so Sorry for your Lost, I know it Hurts, The Pain is Unbearable, but The Blessed Lord will See everyone thru this time of Grief…God Bless ALL the Family…Billy and I are here for you, whatever you need we will be there if you need us!!…We Love you ALL…God Bless you All…<3

  6. Su Thomas says:

    How tragic! What a selfish act. So very sad for both families involved.

  7. Jeff says:

    A few years ago an Active Duty Major was determined to be quilty of child abuse by the 4FW Commander without any review, and she took action against him without there ever being a conviction. Now this Chief, who has now caused a death, warrants a review? Maybe that ex-Major is owed an apology…

    • Mark says:

      Crimes are like cancer with each case being different, did you not read “the Wayne County District Attorney is maintaining jurisdiction over the case”? The only thing that concerns me with this case is the fact that they may be stalling long enough so that he may get his paperwork in to resign and retire before additional charges can be added such as vehicular homicide. I spent 20+ years in the AF and know how things work with them. I personally do not think he deserves any retirement benefits or any pension. I do not know this man, but know the type of people that drink and drive. And do not believe this is the first time he has got behind the wheel drunk. He just got caught this time around at the expense of another persons life and that of the livelihood of a family.

  8. Evelyn says:

    RIP ,You Will Always Be Remembered.
    Now You Gained Your Wings and I Just Want to Say Something
    :Fly High Baby:

  9. Jim says:

    Our prayers go out to the family of this young man. His soul will live on in others.

  10. Tina says:

    May he rest in peaces in others lives. This is a very tragic thing that happened. So sorry for your loss and may he shine bright in others. God Bless you all at this difficult time

  11. Hollyfoxx says:

    So sorry for your loss. May God give you the strength to endure your pain. May he hug you all tight with his big living arms. Praying for your family. God bless you all. Sincerly, Holly

  12. Here for the comments says:

    Sincerest condolences to the families.

  13. Mark says:

    How very sad, I got tears as I read this report. Prayers to the family


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