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Soldier, two others killed in high-speed wreck

Posted November 5, 2008 12:08 p.m. EST
Updated November 6, 2008 3:20 p.m. EST

Traffic Accident (generic)

— A Fort Bragg soldier and two other people were killed Tuesday in a three-car wreck in southern Harnett County, authorities said.

Sharon Southerland, 20, of Fort Bragg, and Ashley Marie Richardt, 21, and Abraham Ryan Lowe, 18, both of 301 Mamie Ferguson Drive in Lillington, died in the wreck, which occurred shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday about 14 miles south of Lillington, said Trooper G.D. Steffens of the state Highway Patrol.

Southerland was speeding south on N.C. Highway 210 near State Road 2050 when she lost control of her car on the rain-slicked highway and crossed the center line, Steffens said. Her car collided with a northbound vehicle driven by Timothy Evans, 38, of Spring Lake, Steffens said.

Evans was listed in critical condition at Cape Fear Valley Hospital.

The posted speed limit along that stretch of N.C. 210 is 45 mph, Steffens said, adding that he estimated Southerland's car was traveling at about 90 mph.

A third car, driven by George Tracy, 37, of Raleigh, was struck by flying debris from the collision.

Richardt and Lowe were passengers in Southerland's car, and all three were wearing seat belts, Steffens said.

Alcohol didn't play a role in the wreck, he said.