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Man killed in Lee County crash was paratrooper

Posted August 12, 2010 11:05 a.m. EDT
Updated August 12, 2010 11:58 a.m. EDT

— A man killed as a result of a head-on collision in Lee County was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, his commanding officer said Thursday.

Command Sgt. Major Wayne Fausz, 40, was driving with his wife, Natasha Fausz, 34, and two children, Nathaniel Fausz, 15, and Autumn Fausz, 9, on N.C. Highway 87 at Winstead Road on Saturday night when a driver in an SUV crossed the center line and struck his pickup.

Wayne Fausz died of his injuries at UNC Hospitals Tuesday, according to Fort Bragg. The driver of the SUV, Sebastian Talley, 18, of Cameron, died at the scene. 

"Command Sgt. Maj. Wayne Fausz was an outstanding Noncommissioned Officer who always led by example and epitomized the Army values," said Lt. Commander John M. Cyrulik in a statement.

"He was a warrior and consummate team player well respected by the troopers, fellow NCOs and officers fortunate to serve with him during his exemplary service in the Wolfpack Battalion. He will be greatly missed by the troopers and families of 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade."

Wayne Fausz deployed to Iraq twice and most recently to Afghanistan, returning in April 2010.