The mother of a man who was struck and killed last weekend by a state trooper is now speaking out.
Lisa Robertson spoke to WITN News today at her home in Elizabeth City. Her son, 25-year-old Bradley Carie, was killed July 17th while walking down the Highway 17 bypass.
The Highway Patrol says Trooper D.M. Banks' patrol car and another vehicle struck the man who they say was wearing dark clothing and walking with his back toward traffic.
The trooper remains on desk duty, but Robertson says she's upset that she has yet to receive any kind of apology from him. The mother says speculation that her son was suicidal is incorrect. While he was upset about a relationship, the mother says Carie was going about his normal routine that day.
Robertson thinks if this didn't involve a state trooper the other person would already be charged with manslaughter. Highway Patrol spokesman 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon says Banks remains on administrative duty and the investigation into the crash is continuing. He could not provide a time frame on just how long the probe would take to complete.
Carie's mother says they are also upset that the Highway Patrol will not identify the person in the other vehicle that struck her son.
The Highway Patrol says a state trooper is on administrative duty after his cruiser struck and killed a pedestrian Sunday morning outside of Elizabeth City.
Troopers say Trooper D.M. Banks was southbound on U.S. 17 Bypass early Sunday morning when his vehicle struck Bradley Carie of Elizabeth City. They say the 25-year-old Carie was walking in the middle of the left traffic lane on the four-lane highway.
A news release says Banks was placed on administrative duty "as is customary in critical incidents of this magnitude."
Banks holds the rank of master trooper and has been with the Highway Patrol since 2003. He has been assigned to Elizabeth City since 2004.
The Highway Patrol says a second vehicle also struck Carie and an autopsy on the man is expected later this week. The Highway Patrol’s Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating the accident.
A pedestrian from the east is dead and a Highway Patrol trooper is under investigation for his death.
Patrol spokesman Sergeant Jorge Brewer says Trooper D.M Banks was patrolling on Highway 17 Bypass South in Pasquotank County, around 3:00 Sunday morning.
Brewer says 25-year-old Bradley Carie of Elizabeth City was walking in the middle of the highway with his back to oncoming traffic.
Brewer says Carie was wearing dark clothing at the time Trooper Banks' vehicle ran into him.
The crash is under investigation and troopers say the wreck will be examined by an accident reconstruction team.
This morning WITN News asked for public information from Trooper Bank's state personnel file, including his length of service and whether the trooper has had any past disciplinary problems. A spokesman said they were working on that request, but by 5:00 p.m. that information still had not been released.