Update: Minister Killed In Highway 903 Motorcycle Crash

The pastor who was killed in a motorcycle accident Friday will be laid to rest on Monday at the Winterville Cemetery.

Michael Zimmerman was killed instantly when his bike crossed the center line on Highway 903.

His bike slammed into a Lowes delivery truck.

Zimmerman was pronounced dead at the scene, the truck driver walked away with minor injuries.

Zimmerman was the pastor at New Hope Church in Belvoir.

Services were canceled Sunday morning as his congregation attends his memorial at Farmer Funnel Home in Ayden Sunday evening.

Zimmerman was 49 years-old.

Previous story below:

State troopers say a local minister died after hitting a delivery truck head on in Pitt County Friday morning.

It happened shortly after 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 903 and Rountree Road, west of Ayden.

The victim has been identified as 49-year-old Michael Zimmerman of Ayden. Troopers say he is a minister in Pitt County.

Troopers tell WITN News that the motorcycle crossed the center line and hit a Lowes delivery truck head on.

Highway 903 was shut down because of the crash, but reopened just before noon to traffic again.

Troopers say it does not appear that alcohol or speed played a part in the fatal crash and right now they are not sure why Zimmerman veered into the other lane.


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  • by Sister Terry Location: Greenville on Oct 7, 2009 at 05:24 AM
    It's took me this long to even comment online! Steve and I had a special love and bond for Pastor Mike and his family! Giving God Glory, Bro. Mike had a true Pastors' heart for Gods people. There is not too many people that accepted people for NOT what they were, but what God could make them become. He always gave God the Glory for his messages and not himself but I know he would want everyone to pull together and he always preached LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Most of all his greatest prayer would be you "be ready". Its not going to be easy to venture ahead, but with Gods grace all things are possible! And to the driver of the truck---God bless you and your family and New Hope Church will have you in our prayers. Music Director of NHC
  • by D. & C. Location: Henderson, NC on Oct 7, 2009 at 05:02 AM
    Concerned Citizen is right. The driver of the Lowes truck definitely needs to be remembered. Sir, if you read this, there's NOTHING you could have done differently to avoid this. Please allow your family and friends to hold you and hug you tight. This is a traumatic event to deal with, but please don't EVER assume and carry a burden of guilt. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Winterville on Oct 6, 2009 at 10:11 AM
    Everybody also needs to remember the driver of the Lowe's truck. There was nothing he could do or could have done to prevent this, but that doesn't make it any easier to deal with after a tragedy like this.
  • by Melissa Location: Chocowinity on Oct 5, 2009 at 06:03 PM
    Sheila, you and the kids are in my thoughts and prayers. Mike was a wonderful person and pastor! He will be missed by all. Love to you all!
  • by D. & C. Location: Henderson NC on Oct 5, 2009 at 02:54 PM
    We are better people for having known Bro Mike. He exuded the love of Christ everywhere he went. He was excited about the Lord, and his joy was contagious. Prayers going up for Sheila,the kids, and all the Zimmerman (Cinnamon) family.
  • by Mr. B Location: Greenville on Oct 5, 2009 at 01:32 PM
    Mike was a student in my math class at Pitt CC about a year and half ago. He was a great student and an even better person. He sure livened up the 8:00 AM class. I had the chance to run into him at a Kinston Indians game this summer. He will be greatly missed.
  • by James Location: Washington on Oct 5, 2009 at 06:43 AM
    God bless his family and his church. From a fellow rider.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Oct 5, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    GOD has u now. you are his angel.
  • by NITA on Oct 4, 2009 at 05:56 PM
    BRO.MIKE YOU WILL FORVER BE MISSED,TO THOSE WHO DIDNT KNOW BRO.MIKE REALLY MISSED OUT ON SOMETHING...HE WAS NOT ONLY A PASTOR BUT A FRIEND THAT BECAME PART OF MY FAMILY,HIS KIDS GREW UP WITH MY KIDS,HE WASNT ABOUT FORTUNE ARE FAME HE WAS ABOUT THE WORD AND THAT IS THE WORD OF GOD,HE WAS TRULY 1 PASTOR THAT LIVED WHAT HE PREACHED,BRO,MIKE AND SIS SHEILA,STEPHEN,MATT AND LIZ YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THERE AINT NO GRAVE GONNA HOLD YOUR DAD DOWN...HE IS UP THERE SEE THE STREETS OF GOLD....HUGSSSSSSSS THE ZIMMERMAN FAMILY
  • by Valerie Location: co-worker (bosch) on Oct 4, 2009 at 02:23 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Zimmerman family,Mike will truely be missed.May god gave his family comfort in knowing that he was well loved.
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