Raleigh man charged after paratrooper dies in motorcycle wreck

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A Raleigh man is facing charges after a weekend wreck killed a Fort Bragg paratrooper riding a motorcycle.

Spc. Matthew Steven Robert Roland, 23, died from injuries sustained in the wreck on Lead Mine Road about 10:20 p.m. Saturday.

Stewart Lee Higgins of Lakenheath Court, Raleigh, has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and a safe movement violation, Raleigh police said.

Roland was driving his 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on Lead Mine Road as Higgins, driving the other way in a Toyota, attempted to make a left turn from Lead Mine Road onto Bridgeport Drive, according to a Division of Motor Vehicles Report on the accident.

Higgins “failed to see his way clear and turned in front of (Roland),” the report reads.

Roland’s motorcycle then struck the Toyota, according to the report.

Roland and a passenger were taken to WakeMed for treatment, but Roland did not survive, police said.

Roland, of Dublin, Ga., was a cavalry scout assigned to A Troop, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

“Spc. Matthew Roland was a remarkable Paratrooper for A Troop, this squadron, and the 82d Airborne Division,” said Lt. Col. Scott Pence, commander of the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, the “Panther Recon” squadron, in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his Family during this difficult time. He arrived in July and quickly earned the trust and admiration of his platoon and troop,” Pence continued. “Spc. Roland and his Family will always be members of the Panther Recon family.”

Roland is survived by his mother, father and sister.

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