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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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2015 years 10 months ago

Just before giving a statement to the accident officer, a blue shooting star flew over the accident site. I would like to think it was Sean telling everyone he is OK. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Our family is still feeling pretty bad about what we all saw and prayed for him.

2015 years 10 months ago

Thank you for the information you sent.

2015 years 10 months ago

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Sean Hugh O’Donnell, 27, of Wilmington, NC passed away June 17, 2012. A visitation will be held at Williford Funeral Home June 20, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, with a Rosary prior at 6:30 pm. A funeral mass will be held at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Fuquay-Varina, NC June 21, 2012 at 11:00 am.

2015 years 10 months ago

Judging from the picture of his vehicle it looks like one of the tires may have blown out. Maybe that is what caused the accident. Only my opinion.

Susan Busch
2015 years 10 months ago

To Sean’s family: my son, Chet, just called me and told me about Sean’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Sean was his roommate during their first two years at ALS. I remember meeting him several times when I visited Grundy. I cannot express my heartfelt grief for you all. My prayers are with you.


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