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Ashley Steven Smith, 32, a senior at ECU, was killed in the wreck.

Ashley Steven Smith, 32, a senior at ECU, was killed in the wreck.

Driver sentenced in fatal wreck

By Kristin Zachary

The Daily Reflector

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A driver who pleaded guilty to killing an East Carolina University student in a rear-end crash said Monday he wished he had died instead.

James Caleb Cannon, 21, pleaded guilty in District Court to misdemeanor death by vehicle in the Oct. 23 wreck he said was an accident.


Ashley Steven Smith, 32, a senior at ECU, was killed in the wreck, and his family pleaded with a District Court judge to sentence Cannon to the lengthiest jail term time allowed.

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Bless your heart
Bless your heart