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Police: Bragg soldiers were street racing before crash

Posted March 18, 2013

— Two Fort Bragg soldiers who died in a car crash last week on Yadkin Road in Fayetteville were street racing with another vehicle, police said Monday.

Nathan-el Freeman, 21, has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of death by motor vehicle in connection with the collision that killed soldiers Michael Hickey and Amber Bostian.

Police said Freeman and Hickey were street racing on Yadkin Road about 9:35 p.m. Thursday when Hickey lost control of his Pontiac GTO and crossed into oncoming traffic, hitting a Volkswagen Jetta.

Bostian, 26, died at the scene. Hickey was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.

The occupants of the Jetta – Markita Parks, 26, and Rashaad Mitchell, 24, both of Fayetteville – were also treated for injuries.

Police said Freeman turned himself in at the police department and was charged.


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  • realcloak Mar 19, 2013

    This is a law that has been on the books for a long time in North Carolina. I even remember a state trooper invoking it when he was at Westover Sr. High for career day. If you are street racing, preplanned or spur of the moment when some guys pulls up next to you and 'goosed it', and someone dies, the driver (or drivers if more than two cars are involved) WILL be charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. And they will revoke your license. AND confiscate AND auction your vehicle, whether you are still making payments on it or not. That's of little consolation to the families, but rest assured, the families and insurance companies of the deceased are going after every last red cent the other guy is worth.

  • outdoor592000 Mar 19, 2013

    I agree that street racing is dangerous and should be a crime, but I see more scary incidents of people texting and driving and weaving between lanes, far more often. This in my opinion, contributes more to danger on the road than the few incidents of street racing...........it too should be more of a crime.

  • Heelpir8 Mar 19, 2013

    So the occupants of two cars willingly street race and the surviving racer is charged for the deaths of the willing participants in the other car? How does that work? Maybe I'm missing something?

    Glad to hear the innocent folks in the Jetta will probably be fine.

  • sinenomine Mar 19, 2013

    Street racing is among the most dangerous activities in which people participate when driving. In my opinion it should be classified as a felony. If a death results in a street race after having been previously convicted of street racing in an earlier case the charge should be second degree murder, as in the case of deaths resulting from a subsequent DWI (think Raymond Cook).

  • realcloak Mar 19, 2013

    I was born and raised on that end of Fayetteville, and where the crash occured was near the intersection of Cimarron Drive, which is the entrance to Old Ponderosa subdivision, and the intersection of Brookfield Drive, which is the entrance to Foxfire subdivision. So much more could have gone wrong with this scenario. My question is, WHY WOULD YOU EVEN THINK YADKIN ROAD WAS WIDE ENOUGH to have a drag race? Even with two lanes and a center turn lane, it is rediculously narrow, never mind the speed limit is 35 on that stretch, if memory serves me. It's not even a straight shot out of the hole if they started at the stop light on Santa Fe and Yadkin. There are plenty of legal places to do your chest thumping, one of them being the Fayettevile Speedway, or Rockingham. Yes, I was young and stupid too, but never stupid enough to race on any surface street in Fayetteville. It's not even possible, and it is tragic these folks learned that the hard way.

  • EliteOne Mar 18, 2013

    "He should go to prison for life."

    I disagree and so will the judge. I believe the most he can get with 2 misdemeanor counts of death by motor vehicle is 180 days and he will end up with less than that (assuming no previous convictions). If he is your average 21 year old, then it is highly unlikely that he will partake in street racing ever again. Sending a 21 year old to prison for life when he simply made a bad decision that happened to result in the worst case scenario is not justice. There are career criminals and murderers that get off with much less than life in prison constantly. Keep throwing those stones....

  • SFSOLDIER Mar 18, 2013

    Poor decision making process on that Soldier's part. That Soldier displayed tremendous immaturity in his decision to race that car. He placed everyone's life on the road that night in jeopardy. He was trained better than that!

  • AestheticStyle Mar 18, 2013

    Street racing is absolutely stupid. I do wonder if anyone on here knows how they charge the other driver with their deaths. I'm only curious. I know he was involved, but does he have to be the one who causes the accident or just take part in what lead to it?

  • Cock a doodle doo Mar 18, 2013

    He should go to prison for life.

  • jjrn Mar 18, 2013

    Like everyone else that age (including me), they think they are invinsible. So sad! Prayers to all involved and their families.