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Terry Maurice Baxley
Terry Maurice Baxley

Troopers with the N.C. State Highway Patrol have charged a man in connection with a fatal wreck on Thursday.

Terry  Maurice Baxley, 49, has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in connection with a wreck that killed 62-year-old David Christopher Satrazemis in Brunswick County just after 6 a.m., according to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper J.M. King.

Satrazemis was killed when his 1999 Toyota struck a tractor trailer that crossed the southbound lane of U.S. 17 from Galloway Road, King said. The tractor trailer stalled in the median crossover and was still in the southbound lane of travel when the wreck occurred.

Satrazemis died on impact, King said. A 51-year-old passenger in Satrazemis’ car was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

King said the passenger was reportedly on the way to the Myrtle Beach airport and had laid the seat back to take a nap. The car stuck the tractor trailer and went underneath the vehicle. The passenger was rescued from the car, taken to the hospital and released the same day, he added.

The suspected underlying circumstance in the wreck was reportedly a yield violation, King said.

Baxley was booked at the Brunswick County jail under a $15,000 unsecured bond and released.