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Raeford Road/Purdue Drive Traffic Fatality Update

The driver of the Buick LeSabre involved in the earlier traffic accident on Raeford Road at Purdue Drive has been identified as 71-year old Joe Ann Pelchat of Blythewood Lane in Fayetteville.  Ms. Pelchat is currently in Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with serious injuries. 


The passenger in the Buick has been identified as 78-year old Annie Wilson Thomas of Whiffen Road in Cameron.  Ms. Thomas died as a result of her injuries.


The preliminary investigation into the accident has revealed that Ms. Pelchat failed to yield to a flashing yellow light and attempted to make a left turn onto Purdue Drive causing her vehicle to be struck by an on-coming school bus. 


The investigation remains on-going at this time; as such, there is no additional information available for release.


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