February 15, 2014

Larry Kepley and Nathaniel Williams - Good Samaritans killed in North Carolina

Larry Kepley
Larry Kepley, age 39, died on February 13, 2014, on a highway near Garner, North Carolina.

Nathaniel Williams, age 34, died on February 13, 2014, at a hospital in North Carolina.

These men are Good Samaritans who came to the aid of a stranger and tragically died from it.

Around 8 p.m., Cardell Gayfield, of Clayton, North Carolina, was driving a bobtail tractor with no trailer near Garner, when his vehicle spun out of control and came to a stop next to the roadway.

He placed reflectors in the road and tried to move his truck out of the lane of traffic.

Larry Kepley of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was driving a tractor trailer when he
Marshall Doran
stopped to assist the stranded truck driver. Soon after, Nathaniel Williams, of Hope Mills, North Carolina, swerved to avoid a collision and went down an embankment. He exited his car and walked up the embankment to offer his assistance.

Larry Kepley and Nathaniel Williams were standing at the side of the roadway behind the stranded truck when they were struck by a vehicle.  Larry Kepley died at the scene and Nathaniel Williams was transported to a local hospital where he passed away.

The driver of the vehicle, Marshall Doran, age 21, of Kure Beach, North Carolina, fled the scene. He was later apprehended by a Wake County Sheriff's Deputy. He had been hiding in a wooded area. He has been charged with two charges of felony death by motor vehicle, charges of resisting arrest and felony possession of a controlled substance. Other charges or changes in charges may be pending.

Larry Kepley worked for an industrial laundry supply company. He had been with the same firm for three years. He was a good worker, who showed up for work, did his job properly and was well respected by his coworkers. Work officials stated that stopping to help someone stranded would be something that Larry would do.

Nathaniel Williams was a member of the U.S. Navy.

Marshall Doran has been charged several times in the past with reckless driving but these charges were dismissed.

It has been reported that Marshall Doran and his family members are devastated by
The Good Samaritan comes to
the aid of strangers, selflessly. 
the deaths of the two men killed in the collision and friends have come forward in support of Marshall stating that he is a decent person who doesn't abuse drugs and who doesn't drive while impaired.  This is up to the Justice System to decide.

Advice to everyone: If you are loaded or feel even slightly impaired by street drugs, prescription drugs or alcohol, DO NOT drive. Take a taxi, call a friend or a relative for a ride, stay where you are, or crawl home on your hands and knees. It will be better for the world and for you if you do.

Regret can last a lifetime.

Larry Kepley and Nathaniel Williams are survived by many loving friends and relatives who will forever mourn them.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and gone the next.

Pray for the Good Samaritans who die while coming to the aid of strangers. 

God save us from the drunk and doped up drivers. They are killing us, Father. God save us from the speeding drivers. They are speeding us to our graves.

Pray that Larry and Nathaniel are in heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

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