Family identifies man killed in Ayden crash

AYDEN, N.C. (WITN) – Family members have identified the man who died after the Highway Patrol says he crashed his car in Ayden after taking off from police.

Family members tell WITN that Marqese Perkins was behind the wheel when he crashed around 9:20 p.m. at Highway 11 and Highway 102 in Ayden.

His mom sent us the following statement: The family appreciates the privacy, prayers and love. Our hearts go out to everyone involved and their families, along with the community. We are very appreciative of all efforts made by the Ayden Fire / Rescue and First Responders. Perkins’ mom is reflecting on road safety and the precious gift of life. May we continue to unite to heal and lift up ALL up in Prayer.”

Trooper Rico Stevens says a Winterville police officer tried to stop the speeding car that matched the description of a car involved in an earlier assault.

The driver initially pulled over on Highway 11, but as the officer approached the car, it sped off.

Stevens says as the car came up on the intersection of 11 & 102, it ran the light and hit another car. It then crossed over the median and struck an SUV head-on in the northbound lane.

There was not an active police chase at the time of the crash, the Highway Patrol says.

The speeding car caught fire with the driver still inside, the trooper said. The other drivers were taken to ECU Health Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

While family has identified the driver, Stevens says they are awaiting results from the Medical Examiner’s Office before releasing the person’s name.

Winterville police say the domestic assault happened at the State Employees Credit Union that’s on the corner of Highway 11 and Davenport Farm Road.