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Car crashes through backyards in Fayetteville

Posted December 1, 2014

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— Even after the SUV came to a stop inside a home on Crystal Springs Road in Fayetteville, neighbors said the wheels were still spinning.

The driver inside the vehicle was disoriented, neighbors said.

The vehicle crashed through two fences and into the backyards of several homes Monday afternoon. It side-swiped one home and plowed into the corner of a second, neighbors said.

"It could have been a whole lot worse," said one neighbor, who did not want to be identified.

Had it been later in the afternoon, children would have been in the path of the SUV, the neighbor said.

Authorities believe the driver, Marcel Damiano Campbell, may have suffered a medical episode prior to the crash.

Campbell, 31, was shot by a Hope Mills police officer in October after police said he attacked the officer with a metal bat during a traffic stop.

Campbell was treated at the scene of Monday's wreck.

"Regardless of what happened in the past dealing with him, I am just glad he's fine and nobody got hurt," the neighbor said.

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  • tierneemalinadeveaux Dec 2, 2014

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    The past absolutely should have been brought up. He had ignored the law in the past and he obviously has a medical issue that is serious enough to incapacitate him at any moment. His actions were irresponsible. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Of course, this generation doesn't know anything about stuff like that.

  • babylaceycarpenter Dec 2, 2014

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    There is no FACT that there was a medical condition, at least not yet. "Authorities believe the driver, Marcel Damiano Campbell, MAY have suffered a medical episode prior to the crash." But don't let the FACTS get in your way of a better argument.

  • babbleon Dec 2, 2014

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    Well, since he was behaving erratically in November, it may actually be relevant.

    I hope Mr. Campbell gets whatever help he needs.