By Andy Wolf
A 23-year-old US Army soldier was killed in North Carolina after he collided with a vehicle on his motorcycle.
The crash, which took place on Saturday on US-15/501 around 4:10 PM, claimed the life of Rafael Dejesus Flores Jr.
Flores was riding a 2017 Suzuki GSX-1000 when he collided with a Honda Ridgeline that had been turning left.
Inside the Honda, the occupants were listed as a child and two adults.
The impact point was the front passenger-side door, and the collision turned the Suzuki into little more than an explosion of mangled parts, with the engine area remaining largely intact.
“According to witnesses at the scene the motorcycle was stopped at the stoplight at Johnson Street,” Moore Breaking News reported. “The man on the motorcycle had been waving at a car in the next lane and when the light turned green he accelerated at a high rate of speed before crashing into the side of the pickup turning into the shopping center.”
First responders report finding bystanders performing CPR on Flores when they arrived. They took him to a local hospital but he died later that evening.
According to CBS17, the occupants of the Honda were also taken to the hospital for minor injuries and evaluation but were released later that day.
Flores was listed as living in Hope Mills, which is 10 miles from Fort Liberty (formerly Fort Bragg) but it is unknown if he was stationed there.
The accident is under investigation.
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