Crash Kills Community College Employee, Injures Police Officer

An early morning accident involving an off-duty police officer has killed a community college employee in Lenoir County.

State troopers say a pickup truck driven by an off-duty Pink Hill police officer crossed the center line and hit another vehicle head-on. A third vehicle was also involved.

Lenoir Community College President Brantley Briley says 57-year-old Wilda Turner, an employee in their payroll division, was killed in the crash.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the driver of the pickup truck is 34-year-old Michael Hoffman, a full-time Pink Hill police officer and part-time Lenoir County EMS employee. Hoffman has been released from Lenoir Memorial Hospital.

The wreck happened on Highway 11 across from the Kinston Drag Strip.

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