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Marine killed in wreck

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

A 19-year-old Marine was killed in a motorcycle accident on N.C. 133 Saturday morning.

Pfc. Zachary Adam Stein died on the scene after he was struck by an oncoming vehicle around 10:25 a.m. Saturday. He was traveling north on N.C. 133 near N.C. 211, according to 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes of the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

Matthew G. Magee, 21, of Burlington, Ky., was attempting to turn south on N.C. 133 from Northhampton Drive when he failed to yield to Stein, Holmes said.

Magee has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, Holmes said.

Alcohol was not a factor.

Stein was not impaired, was not speeding and was wearing a full-face helmet, Holmes added.

Stein was an infantryman in 03-11, 2nd Marine Division, at Camp Lejeune. Stein enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in December 2007 and has received the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Holmes reminds drivers to pay attention to motorcycles when driving.

“Especially this time of year and in this part of the state, we have high motorcycle traffic. Drivers really need to be on the lookout and pay attention to motorcycles,” he said.

Holmes urges motorcyclists to drive defensively, “and anticipate and assume the other driver does not see them,” he added.

Stein was “by all counts doing nothing wrong,” to cause accident, Holmes said.