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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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  • Susan Busch

    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.

  • Guest56374

    As a family friend, I can assure you that they are all getting the support that they need. I attended the wake tonight and we were asked to sit while waiting to get through the line because there were so many people. My brother had an accident in WIlmington two years ago and he too was not wearing a seatbelt. Tonight, Sean’s father told my parents to make sure we kids always wear our seat belts. My brother is also 27 and I can only imagine what his sisters are going through. RIP Sean.

  • Guest111

    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.

  • Guest111

    Sean Hugh O’Donnell
    Posted by Williford Funeral Home · Comments (0)

    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.

  • Dave

    Thank you for the information you sent.

  • Toni

    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.

  • Lindsay Ham

    Sean was one of my dearest friends and I am heartbroken. He had such a promising future and I will never understand why his life had to end this way, so soon. I am thankful I had the privilege of having him in my life for 19 years.

  • Josie

    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.

  • KLD

    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.

  • Cheryl Lockhart

    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 own father was delivered the news of his son’s death on his own birthday. If anyone reads this hug your children today and tell them that you love them. Remind them to always wear their seat belts. We will never know if this could have saved Sean but my 16 year old son who just got a vehicle this week is seeing with his cousin what can happen. Instead of a visit for a family holiday I am going from VA to NC to my sister’s for a funeral for her only son. We love you Sean and we all grieving for the loss of your life.

  • Guest2020

    My prayers to the family of the young man.

  • Amy Lawrence-Lovely

    Sean was one of the happiest, kindest, most fun loving person I’ve had the privilege of knowing and loving. He had more personality and promise in his pinky then most people have in a lifetime. He was always quick to compliment, acknowledge other’s accomplishments, encourage anyone down on their luck and his giving heart could never be matched. He was a young man that “packed in” everything he could in his 27 years on earth, following his heart wherever it lead.

    I and all of his friends and family are heartbroken because the world was better because he was in it.

  • Guest1984

    I had the pleasure of knowing Sean throughout middle and high school. My heart is heavy at his passing. The world has lost a great man and friend.

  • Guest28403

    My heart goes out to this family. It is so terribly sad. They will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Tom

    It is unfortunate for the gent who lost his life. Is he to blame? Is someone else to blame? Although lives are lost to drinking or speed, Lets start to look at talking on a cell phone or worse, texting while driving. Texters are worse, they don’t have their eyes on the road. I am cut off and encroached upon daily and I see these people on phones or texting. The worse is a texter coming up behind you. You can’t even signal them to be careful of you.

  • Mitchy

    FYI the NC Bar has this address for Sean:

    ID 41487
    Name Mr. Sean Hugh O’Donnell
    Address 6724 Spearow Lane
    City Wilmington
    State NC
    ZIP Code 28411
    Country USA
    License Date 08/27/2010
    Status Active
    Status Definition The lawyer is presently eligible to practice law in North Carolina.
    No public discipline.

  • Jenn Cary

    Sean’s family has been close to mine for several years. He will be missed more than words can express. I absolutely can’t imagine the pain his parents and sisters are dealing with right now. Please be kind with your comments, everyone. There is a time and place for your opinions, but right now, anything other than commenting on the loss of this kind, generous man is really inappropriate.

  • Athanasia Lewis

    This person was a dear friend of mine, he was a young, educated, loving man who would do anything for anyone. Sean loved life, and his death is a terrible loss not only for those who had the pleasure of knowing him but for the world in general. I know he would want us to celebrate his life by remembering all he was and striving in our own lives to attain what came to him so easily, Godspeed Sean

  • Nasia

    This person was a dear friend of mine, he was a young, educated, loving man who would do anything for anyone. Sean loved life, and his death is a terrible loss not only for those who had the pleasure of knowing him but for the world in general. I know he would us to celebrate his life by remembering all he was and striving in our own lives to attain what came to him so easily, I miss you already…

  • Lynne

    Sean was such a wonderful person in every way. His family has been a neighbor of mine for many years. When my boys were younger, I trusted him to babysit for them when he was in high school. He never met a stranger and I was so proud that he earned his law degree. He loved people, life, and his family and he will be missed by many.

  • Guest314

    My deepest condolences go to Sean’s family and his friends. I was lucky enough to be a friend of Sean’s, and as anyone who was lucky enough to know Sean, you know how full of life and love he was. He was bright, passionate, giving, and just a great person. Most people, nice things are only said about them once they are gone, but not Sean. It was hard to really say anything bad about him. He loved working to make the lives of others better. I’m so sad that this precious life was taken so soon. Sean, you will be missed, always loved, and don’t for a minute think that you’ll be forgotten.

    P.S. Why the hell weren’t you wearing your damn seatbeat?!

  • Guest111

    I was told this young man was about to start working with a law firm in Wilmington. He also had been to a family reunion for Father’s Day this day. This is just so sad. Sometimes you have to wonder what God is thinking to hurt and take someone like this. I know you shouldn’t question God but what could his motive be?

  • Dave

    The faculty at UNCW remember and will miss Sean. If you have details about funeral arrangements, please email them to me so I can share them with Sean’s former professors. glewd@uncw.edu

  • Guest111

    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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