We have new details about how a Highway Patrol trooper is doing following his cruiser get rear-ended while on the side of a highway.
Trooper Curtis Tripp's wife told WITN's Carly Swain that he suffered a concussion in the wreck on Tuesday on U.S. 258 near Pony Farm Rd. in Onslow County. She said the trooper would be seeing a specialist on Thursday because of worsening headaches and other concerning symptoms.
The Highway Patrol says 24-year-old Shaka-Zulu Lindo of Jacksonville hit Tripp's cruiser with his van while it was parked on the side of the highway for a traffic stop. Lindo has been charged with failing to move over for a public service vehicle, which is a felony.
A Highway Patrol trooper is out of the hospital but recovering after his cruiser was struck by a van as he conducted a traffic stop in the east.
First Sgt. Will Thurston with the Highway Patrol says Trooper Curtis Tripp had pulled over Jacob Amos for speeding on U.S. 258 near Pony Farm Road outside of Jacksonville around 12:15 Tuesday afternoon.
Thurston says as Trooper Tripp sat in his Dodge cruiser to write the citation, a Ford van slammed into the back of the cruiser, causing it to jump forward and crash into the back of Amos' car.
Tripp was taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital for abrasions to his head and right elbow. He has since been released.
Thurston says the driver of the van, 24-year-old Shaka-Zulu Lindo of Jacksonville, has been charged with failing to move over for a public service vehicle, which is a felony.
He also faces reckless driving, and failure to reduce speed.
Lindo told Thurston that he was not paying attention and looked down for a second and by the time he looked up it was too late.
Thurston estimates the damage to the Cruiser at $20,000.
A Highway Patrol trooper was injured when his vehicle was rear-ended on an Onslow County highway.
It happened around 12:15 p.m. on U.S. 258, just outside of Jacksonville near Pony Farm Road.
Trooper Curtis Tripp was injured and taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital. Troopers say Tripp had pulled a vehicle over and was sitting in his patrol vehicle writing a citation when it was struck.
First Sgt. David Oglesby says Tripp has abrasions to his head and right elbow and is getting a CT Scan.
The trooper's vehicle was heavily damaged in the driver's rear side.
Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.
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