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Millbrook High School Graduate Killed in Motorcycle Accident

Posted April 20, 2008 6:22 p.m. EDT
Updated April 21, 2008 9:26 a.m. EDT

— A Raleigh family is mourning the loss of a son killed in a motorcycle crash.

Cameron Wagner, 20, died Thursday in Cullowhee.

The 2006 graduate of Milbrook High School was very active – the drum captain in the marching band and a member of the roller-hockey team.

"He loved speed in everything that he did," his father, David Wagner, said.

Wagner was riding his motorcycle with friends on Tilley Creek Road, about 2.5 miles from the Western Carolina University campus, when he lost control and crashed Thursday at about 11:45 a.m.

Doctors pronounced Wagner dead at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva.

"I can't think of anything more devastating than burying a child,” David Wagner said.

The Highway Patrol said speed was not a factor and that inexperience riding a motorcycle likely contributed to the crash. Wagner's parents said they were unaware their son had a motorcycle.

"When they told me it was Cameron, I said, 'It can't be because he doesn't have a motorcycle,'” mother Cindy Wagner said.

Wagner was following in his father's footsteps by studying engineering at WCU. His funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at North Raleigh United Methodist Church.