INVESTIGATION: Trooper Not At Fault In Deadly Pedestrian Crash

A state trooper whose patrol car struck and killed an Elizabeth City man last month will return to regular duty after the Highway Patrol found him not at fault.

Bradley Carie was walking along the U.S. 17 Bypass on July 17th when he was struck by the cruiser around 3:00 a.m. The accident report, which was released today, says Trooper Derrick Banks' vehicle was going 70 miles per hour went it hit the man. The posted speed limit on that highway is 70.

The report says Carie was walking in the middle of the left lane of the four-lane highway with his back to traffic when the accident happened. The Highway Patrol says the collision was unavoidable on the part of the trooper and another driver who hit the body two minutes later.

1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon says they are still awaiting the toxicology report on Carie and a supplemental report would be issued if it shows any signs on impairment.

Banks was placed on administrative duty right after the accident.

Carie's mother said he knew the road very well, and was walking home from his sister's house. In an interview last month Lisa Robertson told WITN that if this didn't involve a state trooper the driver would already have been charged with manslaughter.

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