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Man killed in Lee County crash was paratrooper

Posted August 12, 2010

— A man killed as a result of a head-on collision in Lee County was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, his commanding officer said Thursday.

Command Sgt. Major Wayne Fausz, 40, was driving with his wife, Natasha Fausz, 34, and two children, Nathaniel Fausz, 15, and Autumn Fausz, 9, on N.C. Highway 87 at Winstead Road on Saturday night when a driver in an SUV crossed the center line and struck his pickup.

Wayne Fausz died of his injuries at UNC Hospitals Tuesday, according to Fort Bragg. The driver of the SUV, Sebastian Talley, 18, of Cameron, died at the scene. 

"Command Sgt. Maj. Wayne Fausz was an outstanding Noncommissioned Officer who always led by example and epitomized the Army values," said Lt. Commander John M. Cyrulik in a statement.

"He was a warrior and consummate team player well respected by the troopers, fellow NCOs and officers fortunate to serve with him during his exemplary service in the Wolfpack Battalion. He will be greatly missed by the troopers and families of 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade."

Wayne Fausz deployed to Iraq twice and most recently to Afghanistan, returning in April 2010.


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  • twc Aug 12, 2010

    A Command Sgt. Major is the next highest enlisted rank. He was that a 40 years old. That is a great accomplishment.

    May he rest in peace.

    Sympathy to all involved.

  • Adelinthe Aug 12, 2010

    LibertarianTechie - "Talley, how about taking some personal responsibility and blame the accident where it belongs--your son!"

    How about showing some respect!!!

    This is a blog about loss and grieving, not one to throw stones.

    If you want to do that, start another blog of your own where you can spew garbage about responsibility as much as you like.

    For all you know, the kid may have had to work double shifts just to hang on to his job or home.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Aug 12, 2010

    What a shame!!!

    Praying for his loved ones and comrades.

    God bless.


  • fugitive guy Aug 12, 2010

    The father and the employer's statements regarding double shifts is conflicting. At this point I don't care to focus on that. What we know is that 2 families are dealing with the worst of tragedies. Ask yourself, how would you feel if either one of these men was your son? Ask yourself when was the last time you drifted across the centerline and were fortunate enough that nobody was coming in the other lane. 2 lives are lost, 2 families are grieving. Time to offer condolences and support.

  • sssh.. whisper Aug 12, 2010

    Prayers to both families.. What a tragic accident.

  • rhowerton Aug 12, 2010

    "To LibertarianTechie" This Young Boy's Father Has A Right To Blame The Employer. Do U Know How Many Doubles They Were Making This Young Man Do? That Still Don't Bring Back The Lives It Took, God Be With Them All

  • fugitive guy Aug 12, 2010

    Mr. Talley, I do not know you but I have 2 boys 22 and 16. I cannot imagine the heartbreak you and your family are going through right now. I hope you have the support you need during this most difficult time. I hope you do not read this because if you do then you will have also read the unneccesary insensitive posts of the heartless.

  • Mugu Aug 12, 2010

    I bet he is one of those guys who have dodged a bunch of bullets, bombs and missles overseas, just to be struck down by a chance accident at home. For shame that this happens more times than not.

  • GWALLY Aug 12, 2010

    Rest In Peace Soldier.

  • fugitive guy Aug 12, 2010

    Obviously an overwhelming tragedy for both families. The death of CSM Fausz is a great loss for our country as well. I wonder how the rest of the family is doing.