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Soldier killed, two injured in Fayetteville crash

Posted September 21, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014

One person was killed and two others were seriously injured in a crash at a Fayetteville intersection Sunday morning, Sept. 21, 2014.
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— One person was killed and two others were seriously injured in a crash at a Fayetteville intersection Sunday morning.

The crash happened shortly before 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Owen Drive and Gillespie Street. Police say a Dodge Mangum driven by Aaron Christopher Barkers, 40, of the 2500 block of Graham Road in Fayetteville, was driving at a high rate of speed on Owen Drive, entered the intersection and crashed into a Ford Taurus that was driving on Gillespie Street.

The driver of the Ford Taurus, Staff Sgt. Wadiyah Northern, 32, of Norfolk, Va., died at the scene. A passenger in the Taurus, a 10-year-old boy whose identity was not released, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and then life-flighted to UNC Hospitals. He was last listed in serious condition, police said.

Northern was the unit supply noncommissioned officer in charge and headquarters platoon sergeant for the 403rd Inland Cargo Transportation Company, 330th Transportation Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade.

Barkers was taken to Cape Fear Valley for treatment.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at 910-433-1830.

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  • jwsawyer Sep 22, 2014

    So many just don't care about driving safely anymore. They will risk their lives to get there "first".

  • LocalYokel Sep 22, 2014

    If you don't slow down then you should at least get a speeding ticket from those responsible for public safety.

    After a few speeding tickets tickets you will loose your license and pay more for insurance. At least that's how its supposed to work but public safety organizations are failing to do their job.

  • Derric Fuller Sep 22, 2014
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    For God's sake, people, SLOW DOWN. If you're in a hurry, LEAVE EARLIER!