JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina judge has doubled the bond for a Marine accused in the hit-and-run death of a high school student.
The N.C. Highway Patrol told multiple news outlets that 45-year-old Master Sgt. Remi Rodriguez of Hubert was driving a pick-up truck on Friday when it ran off the road and hit 17-year-old Joseph Collins of Jacksonville, who was walking on the side of the road.
Officials say Collins died at Onslow Memorial Hospital. Collins was to start his senior year at White Oak High School.
Rodriguez faces multiple charges, including driving while impaired, felony death by motor vehicle, felony hit-and-run, and careless and reckless driving.
During his first court appearance Monday, the judge increased his bond from $50,000 to $100,000. It’s not known if he has an attorney.