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Grandmother, Grandson Killed In Wreck

Posted July 11, 2001

— A second person has died as the result of a wreck at what some Fayetteville residents call a dangerous intersection in need of a traffic light.

Michael Smith, 15, of Fayetteville, died from his injuries Tuesday evening.

His grandmother, Lily Matthews, 71, of Godwin was killed when her car was hit by an SUV at the intersection of North Plymouth Street and N.C. 24 around 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Police say Matthews failed to yield to the right of way. Smith's twin sister was treated and released.

The intersection has stop signs and a blinking caution light, but neighbors say speed is a problem. Because of all of the accidents, they want a traffic light.

"It's very sad, " says Gary Thomas. "Last night my whole family came out, and when we saw that the lady had passed away, it was bad, because it just continues to happen. This is not the first time."

Police say Matthews was crossing the highway to return her grandchildren to their Cumberland County home.

The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries. A third car was involved in the aftermath.

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