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Fatal crash involving multiple cars being investigated by police

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JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - Local police officers are investigating a four-vehicle crash that resulted in at least one fatality.

At approximately 7:18 PM on Monday, November 20, officers with the Jacksonville Police Department responded to a crash on Western Boulevard near Faculty Drive, according to a press release.

An investigation has determined that a 2001 Ford Mustang, operated by Justin Gordon, 23, of Jacksonville, was traveling North on Western Boulevard in the middle lane. A 2015 Ford Focus, operated by Chayton Estle, 19, of Camp Lejeune, was traveling North on Western Boulevard in the right lane. The Mustang side-swiped the Ford Focus, causing Gordon to lose control of the Mustang.

Gordon's vehicle continued to travel across three lanes into the path of a 1997 Dodge Ram pickup, operated by Anthony Santiago, 78, of Midway Park, who was traveling South on Western Boulevard in the left lane. The front of the pickup truck struck the passenger side door of Gordon's Mustang.

A 2015 Chevrolet Sonic, operated by Haley Gray, 22, of Tarawa Terrace, was traveling behind Santiago's pick-up truck and was unable to stop. As a result, the front of Gray's 2015 Chevrolet Sonic struck the rear of Santiago's vehicle.

Gordon was transported to Onslow Memorial Hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries. Santiago was transported for medical evaluation of his injuries. Neither Estle, Gray or the passengers in their vehicles were medically transported.

This crash is still under investigation, according to JPD officials.

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is asked to contact JPD Corporal Scott Eichelberger at 910-938-6442 or seichelberger@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-3273.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information of value to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Informants are asked to refer to Case 17-11540 when calling or texting about this investigation.

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