Police officer killed after striking stalled truck

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Updated Jun 26, 2018

A police officer in Rocky Mount, N.C. was killed over the weekend after driving into the back of a stalled bucket truck.

Senior Police Officer Christopher Driver, 27, slammed into the rear of the truck late Saturday night while on patrol on Church Street. The truck had been left behind with its hazard lights on, according to the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Police arrested two men who they say abandoned the stalled truck. One man, 46, faces charges of misdemeanor death by vehicle and leaving a vehicle unattended/unsecured. The other, age 38, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.

Their arrests has some Facebook users concerned.

“So a truck broke down and the officer hit the broken down truck that had its emergency flashers on and the driver of the broken down truck with flashers on is charged??” one user remarks on WNCN’s Facebook page. “Accidents happen folks. It’s sad that a human died, but what do you do?? Sue the engine maker of the truck??? RIP officer.”

A user upset with that comment replied: “This is what I’m talking about. The inconsiderate comments from (expletive) like this.”

That comment prompted another user to remark “…this comment isn’t inconsiderate at all! He is simply pointing out a fact. Why are these people charged when clearly their truck stalled and had the blinkers on. What else could they have done? The officer obviously wasn’t paying attention.”

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating.