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A fence post like the one an ECU student fell on sits near the scene of the accident at University Manor. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
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A fence post like the one an ECU student fell on sits near the scene of the accident at University Manor. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

ECU mourns student killed

By Bobby Burns and Jane Dail

The Daily Reflector

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A geography student and fraternity member at ECU was killed early Wednesday morning when he fell from a tree and was impaled on a metal fence post.

Jonathon Scott Bennett, 21, of Wilson died about 1 a.m. in the woods behind University Manor apartments on East 10th Street, just west of Port Terminal Road, according to Greenville police.
Bennett and four friends were walking across a large downed tree. He fell six to eight feet onto the post, part of a wire debris fence police said possibly was left from the construction of the apartments several years ago.


He and his friends had been drinking, police determined in their investigation. The group was making its way back to the apartment complex when a branch Bennett was holding broke.

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Code enforcement where were you

I am so saddened and have a heavy heart for this young man and his family. However, the one outstanding issue is the picture of our city code enforcement individual finally inspecting the scene (note in one of the pictures they had cut the posts after the accident). My question is that University Manor has been there for quite some time, so it is apparent that the builder/contruction company responsible for removing these posts (stilings sp?) after the grass/wall has stabilized did NOT do their job. I personally hope the city fines them, takes them to court and investigates any other properties they built. Will it bring this young man back? No, but justice will be done by our city who has for years looked the other way with building codes and and code enforcement. If they don't I hope the family will. My sympathy to the family of the young man.

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Bless your heart
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