Fort Bragg soldier killed in Raleigh crash

Spc. Matthew S. Roland

An 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper based at Fort Bragg has died after a motorcycle accident in Raleigh on Sept. 17.

Police said 23-year-old Spc. Matthew S. Roland, of Dublin, Ga., was involved in a crash at the intersection of Lead Mine Road and Bridgeport Drive.

A passenger on the motorcycle was seriously hurt.

The Army said Roland 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. "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 ... 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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