Chief Willie Williams of the Rocky Mount Police Department in North Carolina sadly reports the death of Officer Christopher Driver.
Officer Driver, 27, was killed in a two-vehicle nighttime crash. Officer Driver was traveling on a two-lane roadway when his Ford Crown Victoria patrol vehicle struck a utility bucket truck that was left abandoned in the road.
The truck was owned by Hall’s Tree Service, which had a vehicle storage lot nearby. A representative of the tree service stated the truck was being towed to the storage lot when the brakes locked up and couldn’t be moved. Consequently, the driver left the vehicle abandoned in the roadway.
A nearby resident stated the four way hazard flashers were operating on the truck when he observed it in the roadway. It is unknown if the hazard flashers were operating at the time the officer stuck the truck. As a result, Officer Driver sustained fatal injuries in the crash and died at the scene.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol and their Crash Reconstruction Unit are investigating the collision.
The tree service driver who abandoned the vehicle has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. His identity has not been released.
A written statement by the Rocky Mount Police Department reads:
“The Rocky Mount Police Department is truly saddened by the loss of Officer Driver. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We ask everyone to please respect the privacy of Officer Driver’s family during this time of bereavement.”
The Rocky Mount Police are truly saddened by a loss of one of our own brothers in blue. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. pic.twitter.com/Pr02jPRmQh
— RockyMountPolice (@RMPD1875) June 24, 2018
Rocky Mount Fire Department also offered its condolences.
We are saddened to learn about the accident that took the life of one of our brothers in blue. Please keep the officer’s family, the RMPD, and all the city workforce in your prayers as we mourn this tragic loss. pic.twitter.com/yQz1efPq6E
— RockyMountFire (@RockyMountFire) June 24, 2018
Officer Driver served the Rocky Mount Police Department for just over five years. He was recently promoted to senior police officer. His wife survives him.
Officer Christopher Driver is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Saturday, June 23, 2018.