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Charge upgraded in fatal wreck that claimed the life of Fort Bragg soldier

Army Spc. Patrick McDill

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By NANCY MCCLEARY | The Sanford Herald | Published: March 19, 2019

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Tribune News Service)  — A Sanford woman faces an additional offense in a fatal wreck that killed a Fort Bragg soldier March 10, Fayetteville police said.

According to police, Jasmyne Denise Russell-Dicker, driving a 2017 Toyota Corolla, hit a motorcycle operated by 22-year-old Spc. Patrick McDill, who died a short time later at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Strepay said.

Russell-Dicker was initially charged with driving while impaired and unsafe movement causing injury in the 3 a.m., collision on Yadkin Road between Santa Fe Drive and the Fort Bragg gate.

Those charges were upgraded Friday to felony death by motor vehicle, said Fayetteville police Sgt. Shawn Strepay.

The additional felony charge was added due to Russell-Dicker's alleged impairment, according to Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West.

Russell-Dicker's was re-arrested on the new charge Friday morning and released on a $15,000 secured bail.

McDill, originally from Illinois, was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. He joined the military in June 2015.

"The loss of SPC Patrick McDill is a tragedy. He is part of the one percent who volunteered to serve his country in a time of war and his loss will be a significant loss to the White Devil Team. Right now, our focus is on supporting Spc. McDill's family and his teammates," reads a statement from Lt. Col. Scott McKay, commander of 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

"Spc. McDill truly embodied the 82nd Airborne Division's motto of 'All the Way' as he put his best effort in every challenge given to him. Alpha Company misses his genuine smile, the care he gave to his fellow 'Blackhearts,' and his indefatigable energy. Alpha Company deeply mourns his loss and is focused on supporting his family and friends through this tragedy," McDill's company commander, Capt. Eric Kim, said in a statement.

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