Troopers from the North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the accident. Based on initial reports, 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Devon Freeman was traveling on Lake Road at a high rate of speed when his vehicle left the roadway and traveled into a ditch before striking a tree. The car then flipped several times before coming to rest on the shoulder of the roadway. Freeman was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the crash scene. His passenger, who has not been identified, was taken to a CarolinaEast Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Both of the Marines involved were stationed at Cherry Point.