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Man, rescued from vehicle fire, out of hospital; second driver dies

Posted June 21, 2009

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— A man rescued from a vehicle fire by a Fayetteville police officer was released from the hospital, while the driver of a second vehicle has died.

Cape Fear Valley Medical Center officials said that they discharged Terry Coonfield, 46, of Raeford, on Saturday.

Dana Royal, 20, of Hope Mills, who was driving another vehicle involved in the Thursday night wreck, died at UNC Hospitals, a spokesperson said.

Officer Mark Jodoin has been called a hero by the Coonfield family for extinguishing a fire in a Astro van, in which Terry Coonfield and his mother, Ardella, 74, were trapped. Jodoin then pulled Terry Coonfield out of the van. Rescue crews extricated his mother.

Relatives said that Ardella Coonfield died soon after arriving at the hospital. She lived in Modesto, Calif., and had come to North Carolina a week ago to help out another son who had been injured in a wreck.

Royal suffered a brain injury and was airlifted to UNC Hospitals before she died.

Two of Ardella's children – Glen Coonfield and Toni Cooksey – said in emails to WRAL.com that they were grateful to Jodoin for helping their mother pass away as peacefully as possible.

Police said that Royal ran off Gillis Hill Road, over-corrected and crashed head-on into the Coonfields' oncoming van. The van ran off the road into bushes and caught on fire.

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  • jprime Jun 22, 2009

    When teaching your kids about driving - you NEED to figure out a way to show them how to get back on the road if they drift off without over correcting. Seems like the number one reason for crashes like this.