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An Oct. 23 two-car wreck on N.C. 11 North near U.S. 264 resulted in the death of ECU student Ashley ТAshУ Stephen Smith. James Caleb Cannon has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle in the wreck.
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Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector An Oct. 23 two-car wreck on N.C. 11 North near U.S. 264 resulted in the death of ECU student Ashley ТAshУ Stephen Smith. James Caleb Cannon has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle in the wreck.

Man criticizes charge in son's death

By Kristin Zachary

The Daily Reflector

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The father of an ECU student killed in a high-speed, rear-end crash criticized an “asinine” and “ridiculous” charge of misdemeanor death by vehicle and demanded time for private investigation into the case.

Douglas Smith emailed The Daily Reflector a copy of a letter sent on Monday to the City Attorney’s Office, alleging his son, Ashley “Ash” Stephen Smith, was murdered on Oct. 23 by a man he said likely was under the influence of narcotics when the vehicles crashed.


His son, a 32-year-old East Carolina University student, was stopped in his 2000 Honda hybrid car at a red light on N.C. 11 North at U.S. 264 East near Greenpark Drive when he was rear-ended by a 1997 Jeep at 1:12 p.m., according to a crash report. According to Greenville police, the airbags in Smith’s car did not deploy.

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streetbob2424

First of all I would like to tell the Smith family I am sorry for the loss of their son. Next I would like to say that the Daily Reflector should have never printed this article. The father is making accusations that seems to be untrue due to there not being drug/alcohol test done on the gentleman driving the jeep. This is slander and should never have been printed. If you are going to print something about a person you need to have the FACTS! Everytime you get in a vehicle you take the chance of never making it back home. I think of this everytime I get in my vehicle and I always let my family members know that I love them because it could possibly be the last time I see them or speak to them. The family members of Mr Smith have the right to express their concerns about the accident but I do not believe that the Reflector should have printed allegations that have not been proven true! You should be ashamed of yourself!!!!!!!!!

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