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Police identify drivers in Fayetteville wreck that killed 5

Posted June 29, 2016
Updated June 30, 2016

— Five people died after a wreck on Wednesday in Fayetteville that Police Chief Harold Medlock referred to as the worst crash he has seen in his career.

Authorities said that the incident occurred just after 8 p.m. on Cliffdale Road near Lynhurst Drive.

At least three cars were involved in the crash, and Medlock said witnesses on the scene reported seeing a motorcycle, although one was not found at the scene.

Four people were pronounced dead on Wednesday night; police confirmed a fifth person died on Thursday morning. At least two more were injured in the crash.

"This is the worst crash I've ever seen in my career," Medlock said. "Just very, very horrific circumstances in our city tonight."

Medlock believes excessive speed caused the wreck.

Authorities on Thursday released the identities of the three drivers:

» Terek Rashad Johnson, 22, of Cain Road, was driving a red Ford Mustang. He is listed in serious condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

» Shannah Lee Botts, 33, of High Rock Lane, was driving a green Kia. Botts died in the crash.

» Dadrian Rashad Thomas, 29, of Sandridge Drive, was driving a black Ford Crown Victoria, and he was treated and released from the hospital.

Cliffdale Road between Windemere Drive and Lansdowne Road reopened early Thursday morning.

5 killed in Fayetteville crash

This is the second fatal accident Fayetteville police have responded to this week.

A 17-year-old student at Pine Forest High School died on Sunday when the SUV he was riding in ran off the road and crashed into a tree.


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  • Brandi Gaenzle Jun 30, 2016
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    It's really sad when innocent people die because of others ignorance. All the drivers but 1 survived which means 4 innocent people died and even the driver that died could of very well been innocent and in the wrong place at the wrong time for all we know. its just sad.

  • David Collins Jun 30, 2016
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    So your opinion of the usefulness of guns is relevant how? Is there a Constitutional right to own or operate a car?

  • Arron Lee Jun 30, 2016
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    Not my guns. They are exclusively used for target practice. Never shot at anyone or used them in a violent manner. The argument is still a legitimate one.

  • Jerry Johnson Jun 30, 2016
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    Except that unlike guns, cars are usefully for things other than killing. Try a new argument because that one is old.

  • Robert Fotch Jr Jun 30, 2016
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    Time to ban cars. just way to many people killed by them.

  • Edward Anderson Jun 30, 2016
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    What do you bet the motorcycle that they can't find and at least one of the vehicles were having a race and that's what caused this accident...so sad.