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Fatal Accident: Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, North Carolina

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Mar. 8th, 2011 | 12:05 pm

Such a sad and tragic accident in front of Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Sunday, March 6, 2011. The crash took the life of 19-year-old Lora Morrison (driver of the orange Mustang) and injured (non-life threatening injuries) Michael Rizzotti, the driver of the black truck. Unfortunately I came upon this horrific scene while stopping by Methodist University. Since I carry a camera with me whenever I go (as a photographer and photojournalist) and saw no other photographers present, I took photos. The Fayetteville Observer asked permission to use one of my photos for their news story online and in their print edition as well. I gave them permission. Below is a link to their online story with my contributed photo (click on photo to make bigger):

http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2011/03/06/1076335?sac=Home

Our prayers remain with everyone involved.

UPDATE: A few folks have e-mailed me to ask if I made money off of these photos, I feel it is important to post that I did not. Nor would I accept any monetary payment for them. In terms of newspapers and news stations, only staff photographers or photographers who are on assignment are paid for their work. I am not a staff photographer, and I was not on assignment. I do feel that a visual record of such events, however tragic, is important, which is why I took the photos. If any of my loved ones were ever in such an accident, I very much would want a visual record of the scene.

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Colleen Jo

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date: Mar. 8th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
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So very sad. I wonder how it happened.

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enchanted4est

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from: enchanted4est
date: Mar. 8th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
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The police report said that while changing lanes, Lora (orange Mustang), lost control of her car due to wet roads (sounds like the car hit a slick spot and spun out) and spun across the center line and into oncoming traffic. Such a random event with such a horrific outcome that touches so many. Thanks for the comment.

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Colleen Jo

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date: Mar. 8th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
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Oh my. The poor families. Life can change in an instant. Thanks for filling me in on the facts.

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Leon-Thomas Hornsby

Lora Morrison death

from: Leon-Thomas Hornsby
date: Mar. 10th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
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I am sorry to hgear bout the death i hope her family and all is doing good and holdin strong like she would want them to. I give all my strenght and sorrow to her family and friends. Its very bad that she had to go that way. I still to today cant believe it.

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enchanted4est

Re: Lora Morrison death

from: enchanted4est
date: Mar. 16th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
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I didn't know Lora or her family, but my thoughts and prayers are with them (they seem to be genuinely good folks), as are the thoughts and prayers of everyone who was at the scene that day. Everyone present wished they could have done something to help Lora. This week I see the devastating photos coming out of Japan ... but Lora's death was no less tragic and no less of a loss because it was due to a car accident and not an earthquake. I had several friends die in similar auto crashes when I was a teen (and they were in their teens as well), so I know a little of what it feels like to lose someone this way. Thanks for posting your comment.

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