Officials estimate that the accident occurred around 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. on a gravel road in Croatan National Forest near Camp Lejune. Despite recent heavy storms across the state, troopers don't believe the weather played a role in the fatal crash.
Instead, Highway Patrol Trooper R.A. Woods said speed was a likely factor based on tire marks left on the road.
Everyone in the car but the man was wearing proper restrains, including seat belts and child safety seats. It's possible that the man died while trying to assist the other passengers. The vehicle had flipped and fallen into a canal where it sunk and was almost completely submerged.