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Second man dies following collision near Sanford

Posted May 14, 2015

Two men died after their Honda Civic was rear-ended on U.S. Highway 15/501 near the Chatham-Lee county line on May 13, 2015, forcing the car into a line of stopped traffic.
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— A second Sanford man has died following a three-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on U.S. Highway 15/501 near the Chatham-Lee county line, authorities said.

David William Riddle, 55, died Wednesday night at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Riddle was a passenger in a 2006 Honda Civic that authorities said was stopped in traffic because of bridge construction and was rear-ended by a 2002 Buick. The Civic's driver, William Smith Jr., 72, died in the crash.

The impact forced the Civic into a 2007 Toyota SUV, injuring the driver and passenger. The Buick's driver wasn't hurt.

The crash remains under investigation.

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  • Sammy Macloud May 14, 2015
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    more deaths attributed to folks not paying attention.......So sad