Funeral planned for young woman killed in boat trailer incident

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WNCN) — A funeral will be held Monday for a young woman who tragically died after she fell from a boat being hauled on a trailer near Sanford last week.


Allison Elizabeth Bennett, age 20, a 2013 Carrboro High graduate, was riding in the front of a ski boat being pulled on a trailer by a truck around 10 p.m. Tuesday in the golf community of Carolina Lakes, said North Carolina Highway Patrol officials.

The man who was driving the truck sped away from the scene that night, officials said.

Authorities on Thursday went to serve arrest warrants for the man, Anthony James Pantano, age 29. However, soon after arriving at his home, Pantano shot and killed himself, authorities say. (Click for related story)

Allison Bennett was currently living with her parents at Fort Bragg and was “currently exploring her interests in modeling through Barbizon of Raleigh, a career for which she showed much promise,” her obituary said.

Bennett died Tuesday night soon after arriving at a nearby hospital — “leaving this world from Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, the very place she came into our lives 20 short years before,” her obituary says.

Bennett grew up in Chapel Hill, where she danced with Dancenter, swam on the Heritage Hills swim team and played volleyball for Carrboro High School, according to her obituary.

“She was very proud of having made the Varsity team as a Freshman and was later named All Conference,” her obituary said. “Allison also played on Jammers, CHAVC, and NC Elite traveling volleyball teams.”

Her funeral will be held Monday at Fort Bragg Main Post Chapel on Sedgewick Street on Ft. Bragg at 12:30 p.m., followed by the interment at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery at 2 p.m. and a reception for family and friends at Ste Mere Eglise Community Center at 7905 Sicily Drive on Ft. Bragg.

Local guests for the funeral will need to enter Ft. Bragg through the All American Freeway gate and obtain a pass at the Visitor’s Center.  Passes may be obtained prior to Monday and this is recommended. Out of town guests may enter Fort Bragg through the Randolph gate from Bragg Blvd. Please allow time for screening.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks friends to make contributions to charities of their choice “in memory of Allison and all the love she had for so many people and things in this world,” her obituary said.

Rogers and Breece Funeral Home in Fayetteville is assisting the family.

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