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2 Killed in Separate Fayetteville Wrecks

Posted June 7, 2007

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— One man was killed Thursday in a three-car wreck on Ramsey Street in front of the Veterans Administration hospital, police said.

A Nissan Pathfinder crossed the center line at about 11:15 a.m. and collided head-on with a Ford Escort, killing the driver of the Escort, Shawn T. Chance, 25, of 1644 Kara Court, police said.

A Chevrolet Corsica collided with the Escort after the Pathfinder hit it, police said.

The driver of the Pathfinder, Matthew Desessa, 20, of 1118 W. Rowan St., Apt. B, and the driver of the Corsica, Kimberly Watkins, 42, of 636 Tokay Drive, were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Neither suffered life-threatening injuries, police said.

Southbound and northbound lanes of Ramsey Street were closed near the intersection with Cochran Avenue while police investigated the wreck.

No charges have been filed in the case, which remains under investigation.

That was the second fatal wreck in Fayetteville in about 12 hours, police said.

Late Wednesday, a motorcycle ran a stoplight at the intersection of Skibo Road and Campground Road and was struck by a Ford Explorer, police said.

The motorcyclist, Kenneth E. Geter, 34, of 1787 Shirley Court, was pronounced dead at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, police said.

The driver of the Explorer, Antiwainet Carr, of 381 Summerhill Road, didn't require medical attention, police said.


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  • Professor Studley Jun 8, 2007

    "think about it....only Paint, some yellow lines on asphalt, separate you from a head-on collision on most of NC's highways."

    We all take a HUGE risk grabbing our keys and getting behind the wheel... The most skilled and safest of drivers are in just as much danger as anyone else, from anyone's carelessness or thoughtlessness...

    "It's not a race, but it is a life or death decision how you will drive. When you drive ... DRIVE ... and nothing else."

    AMEN!... just yesterday I saw a fellow driver on I-85N in Durham text messaging while driving, AND tailgating!... In NC drivers' defense it was a vehicle registered in Maryland... Many popl passing through our state only add insult to injury while engaging in utterely distracting behavior with NO regard to our road laws... i.e. tailgating, speeding, and wreckless driving... I have gotten to where I fret my ten mile commute on I85N/S from Durham to Granville counties.

  • ghimmy47 Jun 8, 2007

    It's not a race, but it is a life or death decision how you will drive. When you drive ... DRIVE ... and nothing else.

  • SOULMATES221 Jun 7, 2007


  • turkeydance Jun 7, 2007

    think about it....only Paint, some yellow lines on asphalt,
    separate you from a head-on collision on most of NC's highways.

  • 3potato4 Jun 7, 2007

    Cheer up Qui. It was an accident. No degradation of society intended.

  • fyiarp Jun 7, 2007

    This is a sad trend. Our society is going downhill. We have too many luxuries and freedoms, and fewer and fewer people who take things like driving seriously. It is the detached nature of our society and the increasing number of ways that we isolate ourselves and eliminate repercussions for our actions. Cars, cell phones, e-mail, guns, you name it. It is a culture of excess and not self-restraint.

  • baldy64 Jun 7, 2007

    When are people going to slow down and pay attention to their driving (or put their cell phones down or whatever the reason for these accidents are)? This is the second accident we've had in Fayetteville in the past 3 days where someone has crossed over the center line and hit someone head-on (and they were both on roads that have a center turning lane in between the driving lanes). The accident that happened on Monday still has the victim who was hit head-on in critical condition.

    To the family that lost their loved one today, you're in my thoughts and prayers. I'm sorry for your loss.