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Fayetteville man, infant son killed in auto collision

Posted May 18, 2012
Updated May 21, 2012

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— A Fayetteville man and his 17-month-old son were killed Thursday when the car they were in crossed over into oncoming traffic near Hope Mills.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said Ronald Lewis McNeil Jr., 38, was driving around 12:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 301 when his Oldsmobile crossed the median and veered into the southbound lanes and crashed into an H2 Hummer.

McNeil was on his way home from Florence, S.C., where he had taken his wife to work, and was with his son, Khaliq McNeil, at the time. The infant was buckled in a car seat, but the seat was not fastened to the car itself, authorities said.

Investigators aren't sure what caused McNeil to cross into oncoming traffic but said alcohol was not a factor. His wife told troopers he did not have any medical conditions.

"It's heart-wrenching," Trooper Greg Steffans said. "It's frustrating when you can't get a final result of what caused the crash."

 Fayetteville man, infant son killed in head-on collision

The driver of the Hummer, Mediha King, 36, of Fayetteville, suffered minor injuries, the Highway Patrol said.

A passenger in her vehicle, Helen Tull, 47, suffered from internal bleeding and a broken thigh bone. She underwent surgery Friday and is expected to survive.

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  • gabewilliams12 May 23, 2012

    sending prayers to this mother and wife.

  • kampercam May 18, 2012

    Dang that's sad.

  • BEACH May 18, 2012

    Prayers for this family.

  • Glass Half Full May 18, 2012

    Also having seen the photos on the Fayetteville Observer website, I have to feel the child probably would have survived strapped into a carseat in the back seat. The front of the car was totally destroyed, the back seat, not so much. Either way, what's done is done and all we can do is offer up condolences to the survivors and all their families.

  • jcbarber6 May 18, 2012

    Redwarrior...I am sure. But, you would be amazed at the amount of improper car seat usage I see daily. It kills me because it takes seconds to properly adjust a seat and it can and has saved tons of childrens lives, even in accidents you would have never believed. So sad.

  • redwarrior May 18, 2012

    Having seen the pics from the Fayetteville Observer, I would say that the faliure to use the car seat was most likely inconsequential to the childs survival....That's not to condone non usage of a car seat... to be honest, looking at the Hummer, I am surprised even that driver survived.

    So sorry for the loved ones of all people involved.

  • jcbarber6 May 18, 2012

    Prayers to the family. This is why it is so important to restrain our children properly in their carseats. Accidents are the leading cause of death in our children-something that can so easily be avoided. It is our job as parents to make sure things like this do NOT happen.

  • Gunny the Racist May 18, 2012

    Awful story! Prayers go out to his wife, and other family members and friends!