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Police: Underage driver caused Fayetteville pileup

Posted June 29, 2011 5:06 p.m. EDT
Updated July 1, 2011 4:32 p.m. EDT

— A Fort Bragg soldier on motorcycle was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon in a six-vehicle pileup in Fayetteville that police say was caused by an underage driver.

The soldier, identified as Yordan Medina, was in critical condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He suffered severe facial injuries.

The chain-reaction wreck started shortly before 3 p.m. when a 15-year-old girl driving a Saturn station wagon tried to turn left into a Citgo gas station at Yadkin and Fillyaw roads, police said.

Medina's motorcycle and a pickup truck collided with the Saturn as it turned into southbound traffic, and a second pickup that swerved to avoid the motorcycle hit two other cars, police said.

The 15-year-old, who has no driver's license, and her 10-year-old sister suffered minor injuries, police said.

Police said it was too early to say whether the 15-year-old or her parents would face charges in the case.

"Being a juvenile like that, I'm sure we can pursue charges on that," said Sgt. Eric Dow of the Fayetteville Police Department. "I think in a situation like this, it's more the responsibility of Mama or Daddy. Why (are they) driving this car? How (did) they get the keys? Where (are they) coming from?"

Yadkin Road was closed for two hours while police investigated the wreck.