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Soldier Killed, Another Seriously Injured In Dirt Bike Collision

Posted July 11, 2004

— A Fort Bragg soldier has died after being injured in a dirt-bike collision involving another soldier. The other soldier suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Both men reportedly were driving illegal street motorcycles Saturday night when they collided while riding on a paved road in the Heritage Way subdivision, near Johnsonville, in Harnett County.

Justin Kindfather, 22, died at UNC Hospitals Sunday morning. Kindfather was at fault in the accident, so no charges will be filed.

According to the Highway Patrol, Kindfather was not wearing a helmet and reportedly had alcohol in his system.

The other man, 23-year-old Joshua Magura, sustained a compound fracture to his left leg and underwent surgery at Womack Army Medical Center.

Troopers said the men, both stationed at Fort Bragg and active members of the military, were riding their motocross-style dirt bikes -- which did not have headlights -- at a high rate of speed in the dark subdivision. Troopers said it appears Kindfather attempted to make a U-turn and collided with Magura.

Kindfather initially was taken to a nearby hospital and then airlifted to UNC.

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