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.”