FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WGHP/WNCN) – An 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper died on Sunday in Fayetteville in a motorcycle crash, according to an 82nd Airborne Division news release.
Private First Class Joseph Del Hierro, 26, of Miami, was an infantryman assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
“Pfc. Del Hierro was an extraordinarily committed and professional paratrooper and a beloved member of the Falcon and 82nd Airborne Division Families,” said Lt. Col. Anthony Keller, commander of 1-325 AIR. “It’s a tragic day for all of us. His passing is felt across this organization and we will always remember him as an outstanding soldier, paratrooper, and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, friends and fellow paratroopers.”
Del Hierro entered the Army in September of 2018 and arrived at Fort Bragg in March of 2019.
Del Hierro’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Army Parachutist Badge.
The wreck, which occurred on Bunce Road around 5:20 p.m., involved a motorcycle and an SUV.
The paratrooper was operating a 2009 Honda CBR-600 when he collided with a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport being driven by a 69-year-old Fayetteville resident, police said.
Del Hierro died from his injuries at the scene. His passenger, identified as 26-year-old Mary Moon, of Raleigh, died from her injuries after being transported from the scene, officials said.
The driver of the Hyundai was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police said the cause of the crash and the events leading up to it are under investigation.
No charges have been filed at this time.
Anyone with information regarding the traffic crash is asked to contact Officers with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at (910) 433-1807 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.
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