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Friend of a man killed after falling out of a pick-up truck outside of Jacksonville has been charged

One man is dead and his friend has been charged in his death after he fell out of a pick-up truck.

Nikolas Pilats, 20, of Maple Hill, the friend of 20-year-old Michael Lane II, has been charged with careless and reckless driving and failure to secure load.

Michael Lane II

Officials say Lane was was trying to help Pilats move by holding down a couch and box spring in Pilats pick-up truck on Harris Creek Road. That’s when both the furniture and Lane fell out.

Lane was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he later died that night.

Speed was not a factor in the accident.

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