By Michael Swaney
A soldier assigned to Fort Liberty was killed after crashing his vehicle Saturday night.
According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 23-year-old Sergeant Nathan Whorton was driving 100 mph when he veered off Overhillls Road -around 8 miles northeast of Fort Liberty- when he crashed into a tree.
They also stated he was wearing his seatbelt but the seatbelt failed on impact, causing him to eject from the car at around 4:16 a.m.
The impact with the tree sent him into other trees and the overturned the car overturned, according to WRAL.
Deputies on the scene told a State Trooper at the scene that local county 911 received a phone call from someone concerned about Whorton’s safety because he had been drinking.
ABC11 confirmed Whorton was an active-duty soldier assigned to the 82nd Airborne.
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