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Fiery Fayetteville wreck injures five

Posted November 22, 2008

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— A fiery crash between a convertible and van on Shaw Mill Road Friday morning injured five people, including a 33-year-old man who remained in critical condition a day later.

Victor Sassoon lost control of his 2004 Mazda Miata while coming off a curve on Shaw Mill, and the car collided head-on with a Ford Econoline, said Theresa Chance, spokeswoman for the Fayetteville Police Department.

Sassoon, a soldier with the 98th Civil Affairs Battalion at Fort Bragg, was ejected from the Miata, which burst into fire, Chance said.

Sassoon suffered severe head, neck and facial injures and was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Doctors wanted to airlift him to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, but Sassoon's condition was too unstable. Instead, he was transported by ambulance.

Sassoon remained in critical condition at UNC Hospitals Saturday.

The driver of the Econoline, Michael Freeman, 19, was also treated at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

The van's passengers – James Smith, 43, Sidney Reid, 47, and Al Vincent, 50 – sustained minor injuries.

Chance said that speed was a factor in the wreck. Police have not yet filed any charges.


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