Monday, June 6, 2016

Veteran Marine Killed on Highway

Mother: Former Marine had PTSD Attack When Killed on Interstate
Associated Press
Jun 07, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Ala. — A former Marine and combat veteran who was killed when he ran into traffic on Interstate-20 had Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and he thought he was under attack when it happened, his mother says.

The Jefferson County coroner's office says Samuel Wayton, 27, of Bessemer, Alabama, died Friday near Fairfield, according to multiple news organzations.

Wayton's mother, Clair Wayton, told WBRC her son returned from fighting overseas 10 months ago. She said he had been hit with an IED and developed traumatic brain injury and PTSD.
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Former Marine with PTSD struck, killed on I-20/59
By Carol Robinson
on June 06, 2016

A former U.S. Marine died when he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 20/59 in Fairfield.

Samuel Howard Wayton, 27, was killed early Friday morning, according to Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates. Wayton, of Bessemer, was struck when he walked into interstate traffic about 5:20 a.m.

Authorities said Wayton suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his girlfriend when he heard some kind of loud noise on the interstate and became agitated. Yates said Wayton's girlfriend wasn't able to calm him down, and he got out of the car and walked into traffic.
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  1. I am Sam's mother and I want to correct this article. I did not say Sam returned from overseas 10 months ago, he returned around 4 years ago. I did not say my son became erratic. I did not say he had a PTSD attack, he had a flashback when an 18-wheeler hit it's jake brakes, which sounded like a firefight in Afghanistan. I did not say Sam earned two Purple Hearts, he proudly earned one. I did not say he met two Presidents. He was stationed with the "8th and I" in Washington. A chosen honor. The Marines you see in their dress blues standing/walking with the President, that was his job. His time was with President Bush and President Obama. It is the anniversary of his death and I've read this article for a year, disliking it every time I read it. I never spoke to you, Carol, and I don't know where you got your information, but I did not say any of this.

    1. I am sorry for your loss but blaming me for something the reporters wrote is not the answer. The sources are there and the names of the reporters.


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