One of two people who suffered fatal personal injuries and were burned beyond recognition after a recent crash near Fayetteville has been identified as an airman stationed at Pope Air Force Base.
According to a news release from Pope AFB, on August 28, 21-year-old Airman 1st Class Jeremy Scott Melvin Airman died after a crash on Cedar Creek Road. He was an airfield management operations coordinator with the 43rd Operations Support Squadron.
According to North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Greg Steffens, the identity of the second victim has yet to be released.
Officials say Melvin joined the Air Force on September 18, 2007 and arrived at Pope AFB in February 2008.
According to the trooper who investigated the crash, Melvin and the other victim died after the 2004 Cadillac they were traveling in ran off the road, struck a concrete wall and two trees, and burst into flames.
The bodies were transported to the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Chapel Hill to be identified.
The crash is believed to have occurred at approximately 1:15 a.m., nine miles southeast of Fayetteville.
The crash is believed to have happened about 1:15 a.m., near Mack Simmons Road, nine miles southeast of Fayetteville.
According to Steffens, speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash.