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Bizarre Car Crash in Harnett County

Posted January 25, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Officers have identified a man found dead after a car crash Friday night -- but who actually had died of a gunshot wound.

Called to the accident scene, Harnett County deputies originally thought James Prince, 20, had died from results of the crash. His bright yellow Geo showed no obvious blood. Prince was taken to Womack Army Hospital at Fort Bragg, where he was pronounced dead of gunshot wounds.

The unusual event began unfolding about 7:45 p.m. Friday night. Witnesses said Prince was behind the wheel of his car, headiing out of Old Farm mobile home park, near Birchwood and Overhills roads.

Onlookers said a pedestrian stopped to talk with Prince, then pulled out a gun and fired it twice into the driver's side window.

Prince drove away from his attacker, his car subsequently shooting off the road and landing upside down in a ditch.

Investigators were back at the scene Saturday, looking for clues and for the second bullet that missed Prince.

The suspect is described as a slim, black male about 20 years old, with a medium complexion. It's believed that Prince knew his assailant.