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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  • by Mike's Mom Location: Kinston on Jun 6, 2009 at 07:18 AM
    In response to all posts-To those of you that have Mike in your thoughts and prayers and thoughts, Thank you. To those of you that are negative, you need to understand one thing-the uniforms that he wears don't make him superhuman or anything else. To those of you that think nothing will happen to him-you are so wrong. Something life-shattering happened to him that morning. My son has always been the kind of person that has helped anyone around him that needed him. He's a "shirt off of his own back" kind of person. His friends and family (and several other people that don't know him) know this. I actually know some of the Turner family and they are good people. My heart goes out to them. As for the uniform, I wear one-his sister wears one-his brother wears one-as does his father. We are all public servants and even though most of the time, we aren't treated at a higher standard, the public expects us to be scrutinized at one. He has been paying for this accident every moment since. HFIG
  • by awesome Location: lagrange on Jun 5, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    To the "mother of two" let me address you,it is not school time.Many people live comments and grammar is not perfect.As long as I got my point across and you understood what I said,and from your comment seems as if you did.Of course he would be judge at a higher standard he's a "COP" everyone expect better.But if it was a "Medical" condition of course not. You put yourself in a family where a family member life was taken prematurely by someone else.Mistake or not a mistake you gonna want justice or you just cold-hearted and don't care. So to all the families "May God Be With You."
  • by mommy of two Location: kinston on Jun 4, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    First I want to say that this is a tragic accident for all families involved, and my heart bleeds of pain for everyone. I dont know any of the families, but would like to address "awesome" First let me start by saying you should really go back to school, you have no clue on how to make a complete sentence make sense, second, you say that Mr. Hoffman needs to be treated just like everyone else, that I completely agree on, when reading these comments it sounds as though he is being held at a higher standard because of his job, so yes, treat him like a normal human not hold him to higher standards because of the career he decided to go in. Take your own advise "awesome" and stop throwing in the "cop" card. God Bless you Avery and Turner families, allow God to heal your hearts and mend your minds. Hoffman family, you are in our prayers and you also, allow God to heal your heart and know that you have many people that pray for all families. God Bless
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 3, 2009 at 09:19 AM
    Wow! A full time police officer doing this. That goes to show you that even law enforcement officers make mistakes that can't be reversed and that attention needs to be paid to the road and surrounding motorists, so that neither you will hit them or they will hit you. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Wilda Turner and may God be with them. Also thoughts and prayers go out to Michael Hoffman and his family. I am sure he feels terrible about this, and most people would. Chris, Highway 11 is four-laned now from Bethel to Pink Hill. I went down to Wilmington a few weeks ago for a weekend and went that way. To me, you mean all the way to Bethel. To Kevin you have a very good point. I had a lifelong friend my age I went to school with and he got killed on highway 17 between Washington and New Bern from a head on collision by an old man who suffered a heart attack. Unfortunately, those are examples of times that there is nothing you can do to save your life and it sux and it's sad.
  • by Jeannie Location: Pink Hill on Jun 3, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    Wilda was my stepsister and what happened was tragic. This is not a time to finger point and blame because it will not bring her back. This is time for our family to grieve and celebrate her life. Not a time for such bad things to be said, it really takes away from what happened. I wish people would not leave such negative comments because all it does it hurt us, the family, more.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Jun 2, 2009 at 09:05 PM
    TO CHRIS, hwy 11 is now four laned from kinston all the way to pink hill. has been over a year now, the wreck happened in front of the kinston dragstrip at curtis lane. be safe brother.
  • by just me Location: kinston on Jun 2, 2009 at 08:16 PM
    does it matter who was wrong cause he is a cop nothing is going to happen to him anyway!
  • by concerned on Jun 2, 2009 at 08:12 PM
    It's sad to know that some people are so cold hearted that they would think Mike should be prosecuted for nothing more than an accident. I'm glad to see that WITN isn't allowing negative comments like the Kinston Free Press has. He didn't intend for this to happen when he started out on the road yesterday morning. My heart goes out to the Turner family, Avery family and the Hoffman family. They all have been affected by this tragic accident. I pray that God will bless them all in the coming days and give them strength. People remember accidents do happen, and none of us are guaranteed a tomorrow. Hope none of you have to go through something like this, because we take a chance everytime we get on the road, no matter if you are law enforcement office or not, no one is exempt.
  • by Kevin Location: Kinston on Jun 2, 2009 at 02:40 PM
    Until you know the whole situation I think it is better not to leave a comment. Imagine yourself driving down the road and you have a heart attack or blackout for some medical reason, go across the road and kill someone and you live. Hmmm, I guess you should go to jail for involuntary manslaughter since you killed someone. No one knows what happened yet and until then you should pray for all the families involved.
  • by awesome on Jun 2, 2009 at 01:38 PM
    We all are praying for the 3 families involve,but to some that made comments about it was just an accident.Yes it was an accident that took someone life and wounded others. The truth is someone careless mistake took a life of someone else. Just imagine if it was your family member or if the person invovle wasn't law enforcement. YES people make mistakes but if he wasn't known well or didn't work for the law and just an citizen that was just speeding off to work, what would your comment be then? People want to change when you know the person. Right is right and wrong is wrong, even if it was just a mistake.
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