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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have identified the victim of last night’s crash on MLK Parkway as Sean Hugh O’Donnell, 27, of Fuquay-Varina. O’Donnell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say O’Donnell lost control of his 1997 GMC Jimmy, which then rolled and flipped multiple times throwing him from the vehicle. Police say O’Donnell was not wearing a seat belt. WPD Traffic Unit investigators say speed contributed to the crash. Toxicology results are pending.

This is the tenth fatality on Wilmington streets this year.

Multiple people stopped immediately to help, and two women administered CPR until first responders arrived on scene.

Wilmington Police closed the eastbound lanes of MLK from N. College Road to N. Kerr Avenue for several hours Sunday night as crews worked to investigate and clean up the accident.

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Josie
2016 years 2 months ago

Sean was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever known. He was one of the brightest and most motivated too. The world lost a smart, kind, dedicated soul. He had so much life in him, so much potential and so much to offer his community. He will be sorely missed by all those who knew him, and I feel for those who never had a chance to know this great guy.

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KLD
2016 years 2 months ago

My children grew up with Sean in Fuquay, and we have so many treasured memories of him. He was a sweet, precious boy, and will be missed terribly. He was a joy to his family, and was always kind and pleasant. My thoughts and prayers are with his parents and his two sisters.

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Cheryl Lockhart
2016 years 2 months ago

We are all very saddened to hear of the death of my nephew. My sister, her family and extended family and friends are in shock. Sean graduated from college and went on to Law School and had just gotten a job. We were all so proud of him and this is just such a loss. His two sisters (one older and one younger) and just beside themselves. They were so close and spoke to each other daily and he actually lived with his younger sister. I just can’t believe he is gone. His… Read more »

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Guest2020
2016 years 2 months ago

My prayers to the family of the young man.

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Guest111
2016 years 2 months ago

Tom Please slither away into a hole somewhere. This isn’t the time or place for your rant. Have some compassion. This isn’t about you.

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