82nd Airborne soldier killed in Fayetteville motorcycle crash

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – An 82nd Airborne Division soldier was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday morning in Fayetteville, police and US Army officials said.

According to officials, Fayetteville resident Jesus Rios, 22, was driving his motorcycle outbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway between Robeson Street and Gillespie Street when he lost control of the bike and crashed. He was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in critical condition, but later died.

Rios was an automated logistical specialist assigned to 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade.

Police received information that a silver Cadillac was in the area at the time of the crash and are requesting that the driver and the occupants of that vehicle contact them with any information about the crash.

Rios, who was originally from Oklahoma, was an automated logistical specialist assigned to 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion in the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of a valued member of our team,” said Lt. Col. Shane Finison, commander of the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion. “Spc. Rios was a stellar Trooper. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Rios joined the Army in June 2013. After training in South Carolina and in Virginia later in 2013, Rios was stationed at Fort Bragg and assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, according to US Army officials.

Rios deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operations Enduring Freedom from August to December 2014, US Army officials said..

Rios’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

Anyone with information regarding the traffic crash is asked to contact Officers with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at (910) 433-1830 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting http://fay-nccrimestoppers.org and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type “4Tip” followed by your message).

*WNCN contributed to this story.

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