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Fayetteville investigators wait to talk to pedestrian in fatal crash

Posted December 3, 2013

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— Police said Tuesday they still are trying to determine why a woman darted out in front of a motorcycle on the All American Freeway in Fayetteville Monday night, causing a crash that killed the motorcyclist.

Karis-Paige Michaels, 26, remains in critical condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, so police haven't been able to talk with her about the crash.

The crash happened between the Yadkin Road Bridge and Santa Fe Drive, police said, when motorcyclist Cody Marcel Soucier hit Michaels as she walked in the left lane of the highway.

Soucier, 21, then lost control of his motorcycle and was hit by a passing car. The driver of the car wasn't hurt, and police said she won't be charged, as she couldn't avoid hitting Soucier.

Delbert Soucier said he helped rear his nephew, a graduate of Douglas Byrd High School, and instilled in him a love of motorcycles. The two built bikes together, and Cody Soucier worked at the Ray Price motorcycle dealership in Fayetteville.

Cody Soucier, motorcyclist killed in Fayetteville crash Man killed in wreck planned to propose to girlfriend on Christmas

On Monday, he wanted to test some new tires on his Honda RC51 racing bike after getting off work and sought out the open road of All American Freeway, his uncle said.

"Anybody who knew him knew what a great kid he was," Delbert Soucier said. "He impacted a lot of lives, and he was just an amazing kid."

Cody Soucier had spent Thanksgiving weekend with his high school sweetheart, Taylor Ward, at her family's home in South Carolina. His uncle said he planned to propose to her on Christmas and had already bought an engagement ring.

On a Facebook posting after his death, Ward wrote, "I am forever yours."

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  • tierneemalinadeveaux Dec 5, 2013

    So sad…condolences to this young man's family.

  • jjrn Dec 4, 2013

    This is heart breaking. A good man just starting his life. My prayers go to the family.

  • westernwake1 Dec 3, 2013

    What a tragic mess. I hope they sort out what happened and why quickly.