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Police: Death of soldier on All American Freeway an accident

Posted April 27, 2009

— Police have ruled the death of a Special Operations soldier on the side of a highway last Friday to be an accident.

Army Sgt. Jason Lightfoot, 30, died on the shoulder of All American Freeway early Friday. Police initially said they believed that Lightfoot  was walking on the northbound shoulder toward Fort Bragg and was hit by a Jeep driven by a female acquaintance.

After questioning the driver, Christine Gail Pearce, 39, of Yorktown, Va., and reconstructing the incident, however, investigators determined Lightfoot's death was an accident. No charges will be filed against Pearce, police said.

Lightfoot and Pearce were arguing in the vehicle when Pearce pulled off the highway near the Cliffdale Road exit and ordered Lightfoot to get out, investigators said. As Pearce began to drive off, Lightfoot jumped onto the side of the Jeep, smashing a side mirror with his fist, investigators said.

Lightfoot then lost his grip, rolled off the vehicle and fell to the pavement, hitting his head, police said.

A native of Beaumont, Texas, he served as watercraft engineer with the Marine Operations Committee, Operations Detachment, Group Support Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).


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  • tnt4kps Apr 30, 2009

    A very disturbing story. My heart breaks for this Soldier..who never got a chance to tell his side and I suspect, gut feeling, this story did not truly play out as they say it did. Just doesn't add up. Truly heartbreaking. Even more sad had it been the female that was killed..they would have dragged this Soldier through the mud and made him out to be all sorts of bad things. This story haunts me. I wish they would take a closer look :-(
    God Bless Jason's family and friends. I know he is resting in the arms of Jesus in heaven.
    Sister of a Fallen Marine

  • pebbles262004 Apr 28, 2009

    Can't believe she got by with this!!unbelieveable

  • commandokidd Apr 27, 2009

    well, thats 1 side of the story, she mustve been going pretty fast for him to injure himself that bad.

  • are you kidding me Apr 27, 2009

    Really? Your serious right?