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Two killed, five injured in Fayetteville wrecks

Posted June 19, 2013

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— A 23-year-old woman and 28-year-old man died early Wednesday after a 2004 Jeep Cherokee was involved in two wrecks while traveling eastbound on Shaw Mill Road northwest of downtown Fayetteville, police said. 

According to investigators, Shayla Cole, of Fayetteville, was driving the Cherokee when she crossed the center line near Rosehill Road about 1:30 a.m. and struck a the left front corner of 1999 Volkswagen traveling westbound. 

Shortly after, the Cherokee struck a 2007 Saturn, overturned and came to rest on top of the Saturn.

Cole died at the scene, police said. Marcel Roman Gist, also of Fayetteville, died later Wednesday morning after being airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Gist was a passenger in the Saturn, which was driven by 30-year-old Kennard Ruffin, police said. 

Ruffin was listed in critical condition at UNC Hospitals Wednesday afternoon. A third passenger in the Saturn, 22-year-old David Dixon, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Markisha Pittman, 22, Jerry Telusma, 38, and a 3-year-old were inside the Volkswagen at the time of the wrecks. 

No information about the cause of the wrecks has been released.

"The investigation is still active," Fayetteville police Lt. Todd Joyce said. He said investigators will be working to "determine what made this young lady cross over the center turn lane."

Friends of Gist said Wednesday that he was the father of a young boy and had another child on the way.

Shaw Mill Road was closed for several hours while crews investigated the wrecks and removed the cars. It reopened to traffic about 6:30 a.m.

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  • amethystdivine Jun 20, 6:56 p.m.

    1:30 am.
    Texting and driving? Or drinking and driving?
    Deceased driver with a criminal history.
    A three year-old out at 1:30?
    Too many bad decisions here for a good result.
    My condolences for the innocent victims.

  • chattycat Jun 20, 12:16 p.m.

    @obamacare - seankelly finds something wrong with everyone's post, it is called trolling!

  • Obamacare forever Jun 19, 7:36 p.m.

    seankelly, the story was edited and corrected after I posted that.

  • seankelly15 Jun 19, 6:13 p.m.

    Obamacare forever - "So the Volkswagen was traveling around the left front corner? Wait...what?"

    That is NOT what the story says. You need to learn about verbs and adverbs and nouns and direct objects.

  • Obamacare forever Jun 19, 4:00 p.m.

    "...struck a 1999 Volkswagen traveling westbound along the left front corner."

    So the Volkswagen was traveling around the left front corner? Wait...what?

  • Obamacare forever Jun 19, 12:55 p.m.

    I don't like going outside after dark. :(

  • gobbledygook Jun 19, 12:36 p.m.

    @Obamacare forever

    You'll be surprised how many cars can be on a road, at any hour, if you go outside a little bit more

  • mfarmer1 Jun 19, 12:06 p.m.

    that's not a very good road. It sort of borders fort Bragg near Simmons Army Air Field.

  • Obamacare forever Jun 19, 10:41 a.m.

    I'm more shocked there were 3 cars on this road on a weekday at 1:45 am.

  • djhartm Jun 19, 10:11 a.m.

    Just tragic.

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