Sheriff Cleveland “Clee” Atkinson Jr. of the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Department in North Carolina sadly reports the death of Deputy Sheriff David Manning.

Deputy Manning, 24, died in a two-vehicle collision while he was pursuing a Nissan Altima sedan that had fled a traffic stop. During the pursuit, Manning lost control of his patrol unit as he rounded a curve on a two-lane highway and crossed the centerline of the road. He struck a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck head on.

The occupants of the truck sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Manning was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from his patrol vehicle during the crash. He died at the scene.

The suspect driver of the Nissan Altima crashed a few hundred yards from the patrol vehicle collision and fled on foot. Canine teams searched the area for the driver. However, he was not located and remains at large.

“We are truly saddened by the loss of Deputy Manning. All parties involved in this fatal collision will continue to be in our prayers,” Atkinson said in a statement posted to the sheriff’s office Facebook page. “As the sheriff of Edgecombe County, I would like for everyone to please respect both families in their time of bereavement. I also ask the citizens of Edgecombe County to pray for healing and comfort for both families and the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office.”

Troopers from the North Carolina Highway Patrol and their Crash Reconstruction Team are investigating the pursuit and crash incident.

Manning’s grandmother said becoming a deputy was a mission for him.

“He didn’t make it on the first go-round. He never gave up. He went back again, and he passed everything,” Bobbie Jean Moore said.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn)

David Manning served the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Department for four months. His girlfriend, their young daughter and his extended family survive him.

Deputy David Manning is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Sunday, March 11, 2018.

David Manning

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)