Officials with the NC State Highway Patrol have identified the victim from the early morning fatal accident Saturday in Southern Pines as 27 year old Aaron Stephen Blue, from Pembroke.
Blue died in a single vehicle accident after the Ford Focus he was driving ran off of the roadway on East Connecticut Avenue just after 1:30 am striking a tree at a high rate of speed.
Initially identified as being from Richmond County based on his driver’s license, officials were able to locate family in Pembroke after a lengthy attempt to notify relatives.
According to Highway Patrol official’s excessive speed was one of the main contributing factors in causing this accident. Troopers are awaiting the results of blood test to determine if alcohol also played a factor in the accident which remains under investigation.
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