North Carolina has seen multiple accidents caused by truck drivers over the last week, one of which claimed the life of a much respected Union County Sheriff’s deputy. An accident involving a dump truck and a minivan sent one person to an area hospital. The crash occurred just before noon at the intersection of Martin Luther King Parkway and South College Road in Wilmington.
Authorities say the dump truck made an improper left turn onto Martin Luther King Parkway and collided with a Toyota minivan, whose driver was rushed to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The victim’s identity has not yet been released. According to WECT, the truck driver, 63-year-old Farmville resident Larry Britt, was charged for making an improper turn.
In last week’s accident, a tractor trailer flipped on top of a Sheriff’s cruiser, killing the deputy inside. The fatal accident happened at the intersection of Sutherland Avenue and Highway 74 in Monroe. Officials from the Union County Sheriff’s Department say deputy Jeffrey Greene was waiting at the stop light to turn left onto Sutherland. At the same time, a tractor trailer approached the intersection but failed to notice vehicles stopped in front of him. Trucker, Eddie Weeks, tried to stop his rig in time but couldn’t. The 10-year veteran deputy was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders.
Fellow deputies remember Greene as a dedicated public servant; the first person to arrive at work and the last to leave. The flags at the Union County Sheriff’s Office flew at half-staff in the wake of the accident. Greene was the first deputy in the agency to die in the line of duty.
WSOCTV reports that Eddie Weeks was arrested after being released from a local hospital after the wreck. He is facing misdemeanor death by vehicle charges.