Motorcyclist killed in crash was command sergeant major at Fort Bragg

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – The man killed in a motorcycle crash in Fayetteville over the weekend was a father and grandfather along with being a command sergeant major in the 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion at Fort Bragg, according to the battalion’s leadership.UPDATE: New charge filed in wreck that killed Fort Bragg officer on motorcycle

Lynn Edward Ratley, age 47, who was born and raised in the Fayetteville area, died in the crash. Ratley leaves behind two grandchildren and two daughters, colleagues said.

“CSM Ratley’s loss has been devastating to our Battalion,” said Battalion Commander, Lt. Colonel James Burk. “He was a larger than life professional and a dear friend,” Burk added.RELATED: Funeral services set for beloved Fort Bragg soldier killed in motorcycle crashRELATED: Man killed in Fayetteville motorcycle crash, charges filed

On Saturday around 5:30 p.m., officers with the Fayetteville Police Department responded to the area of Gillespie Street near the intersection of W. Mountain Drive in reference to a report of a traffic crash.

Police said 26-year-old Justin Andrew Dunlap, of Hope Mills, was driving a 2000 Honda southbound on Gillespie Street.

They said Dunlap crossed the center median, entered into oncoming traffic, and crashed into a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Ratley, of Hope Mills. Ratley died as a result of his injuries.

A small memorial with a sign and several American flags was created near the crash site for Ratley.

“Our Battalion lost a great Soldier and its Rock last night,” the Facebook post stated. “Please lift up prayers for CSM Lynn Ratley and his family,” the post went on to read.

A command sergeant major is the senior enlisted member of their unit and serves as a special advisor to the commanding officer of a battalion-seized unit, according to Military-Ranks.org . It is the 12th rank in the United States Army, ranking above a sergeant major.

Dunlap faces charges of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, and driving left of center. Dunlap was processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

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