WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) – A Fort Drum soldier from Maine was killed by a passing motorist when he and a friend took a shortcut across a northern New York highway to get to a restaurant.

Deputies say 21-year-old Justin Kennie of Cornish, Maine, was killed just after 7 p.m. Sunday on Interstate 81 when he was hit by a car driven by another Fort Drum soldier. The incident caused two other separate wrecks that left seven others injured.

Kennie and a fellow soldier were trying to cross the southbound lane of I-81 to get to a Watertown restaurant without using a bridge that crosses the highway.

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