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Iraq veteran dies night before U of I graduation

Published: Monday, May 19, 2014 12:33 p.m. CST

URBANA — An Iraq war veteran who was due to graduate from the University of Illinois this weekend died the night before commencement when his motorcycle was hit by a car.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup says 30-year-old Paul W. Davidson III died at an Urbana hospital after a car struck his motorcycle at a busy intersection near campus. The driver was cited by police for failure to yield. Davidson was not wearing a helmet.

Davidson's mother, Corrine Davidson, said he had just left a family dinner to get a haircut.

University spokeswoman Robin Kaler said Paul Davidson was going to graduate with a degree in architecture.

Family members said he served as a Marine combat engineer in Iraq in 2005. He was from Lemont.

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