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Driver charged in Fayetteville crash that killed soldier

Posted July 9, 2015

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— Police on Thursday charged a Fayetteville man in a Monday crash that resulted in the death of a Fort Bragg soldier.

Holden Jeffrey Philbrook, 19, was operating a motorcycle on Cliffdale Road when the bike hit a Toyota Tundra pickup that was turning left in the Brookstone Apartments complex.

Philbrook was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and later airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where he died.

The driver of the Tundra, Gordon Frank Gardner, 32, of Brookstone Lane, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to yield to a motorcycle.

Philbrook, originally from Citrus Heights, Calif., was an indirect fire infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

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