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Police identify drivers in Fayetteville wreck that killed 5

Posted June 29, 2016 9:29 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 2:04 p.m. EDT

— Five people died after a wreck on Wednesday in Fayetteville that Police Chief Harold Medlock referred to as the worst crash he has seen in his career.

Authorities said that the incident occurred just after 8 p.m. on Cliffdale Road near Lynhurst Drive.

At least three cars were involved in the crash, and Medlock said witnesses on the scene reported seeing a motorcycle, although one was not found at the scene.

Four people were pronounced dead on Wednesday night; police confirmed a fifth person died on Thursday morning. At least two more were injured in the crash.

"This is the worst crash I've ever seen in my career," Medlock said. "Just very, very horrific circumstances in our city tonight."

Medlock believes excessive speed caused the wreck.

Authorities on Thursday released the identities of the three drivers:

» Terek Rashad Johnson, 22, of Cain Road, was driving a red Ford Mustang. He is listed in serious condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

» Shannah Lee Botts, 33, of High Rock Lane, was driving a green Kia. Botts died in the crash.

» Dadrian Rashad Thomas, 29, of Sandridge Drive, was driving a black Ford Crown Victoria, and he was treated and released from the hospital.

Cliffdale Road between Windemere Drive and Lansdowne Road reopened early Thursday morning.

5 killed in Fayetteville crash

This is the second fatal accident Fayetteville police have responded to this week.

A 17-year-old student at Pine Forest High School died on Sunday when the SUV he was riding in ran off the road and crashed into a tree.