Father says teen daughter was in Fayetteville crash that killed 5

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Kassandra Taylor-Jones (image courtesy family) (image courtesy family)

A father told ABC11 on Friday that his 17-year-old daughter was one of the five people killed in a Fayetteville crash Wednesday evening.

Police have only publicly identified the drivers in the three-vehicle collision.

But the father told ABC11 that Kassandra Taylor-Jones had just moved from Raleigh to Fayetteville. He saw her Monday night and said she left in a red Ford Mustang.

The crash happened shortly after 8 p.m. on Cliffdale Road near Lynhurst Drive, near Skibo Road. Four died in the crash. The fifth passed away Thursday morning.

Flowers have been placed at the intersection where the deadly crash happened.

Police said five people were in the Mustang on their way back from a pool party when it was involved in the crash with two other cars. They're having trouble identifying the victims and notifying next of kin.

The driver of the Mustang was identified as Terek Rashad Johnson, 22, of Fayetteville. He's listed in serious condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Shannah Lee Botts, 33, of Fayetteville, was killed in the wreck. Police said Botts was driving her Kia home from the gym when she crashed. She has three children.

Shannah Lee Botts

The third driver in a Ford Crown Victoria was identified as 29-year-old Dadrian Rashad Thomas of Fayetteville. He was treated at the hospital and released.

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Exclusive interview with Dadrian Rashad Thomas after the fatal Fayetteville crash that killed 5 and injured 3

Speaking with ABC11, Thomas described seeing one car crossing over the lanes and coming right for him, hitting his front driver side.

"I was coming down the road and a car was in the air and it came and hit me," Thomas said.

Marvin Portillo lives near Cliffdale Road, not far from Lynhurst Drive in Fayetteville. He had just walked out of his apartment to walk his dog when he heard a loud noise around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

"I heard the screech of the tires and the crumpling of the cars," recalls Portillo.

He started running toward the noise and called 911. When he found the source of the noise, it was a hard scene to take in.

"That's when I started seeing, unfortunately, people on the ground."


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