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NEW INFO: Trooper Involved In Fatal Wreck Speeding

A crash report says a state trooper was driving over the speed limit when his cruiser struck a woman's car, killing her.

The accident happened Tuesday night on Highway 301 in Rocky Mount.

The Highway Patrol says Maurilia Solis Leon, 59, pulled out of the Golden Corral parking lot in front of Trooper A.S. Samuel late Tuesday night. Troopers say witnesses told investigators they saw the trooper swerve to try to miss Leon's car, but was unable to. She was hit on the driver's side.

The crash report, which was released today, says the trooper's vehicle was estimated to be traveling at 53 miles per hour when it hit the woman's car. The speed limit is 45. The trooper's cruiser traveled 141 feet before stopping.

The Highway Patrol also released the cruiser's dash cam video. It appears the woman's car was almost stopped in the middle of the northbound lanes, attempting to cross over to the southbound side, while the accident report indicates the trooper's cruiser did not slow down.

Witnesses told investigators they saw the trooper swerve to try to miss Leon's car, but was unable to.

Trooper Samuel remains on administrative duty.


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A state trooper has been placed on administrative duty after he was involved in a crash that killed a woman in Rocky Mount.

The Highway Patrol says Maurilia Solis Leon, 59, pulled out of the Golden Corral parking lot in front of Trooper A.S. Samuel late Tuesday night. Troopers say witnesses told investigators they saw the trooper swerve to try to miss Leon's car, but was unable to. She was hit on the driver's side.

Leon died of her injuries. The Patrol says Samuel was taken to Nash General Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

No charges have been filed and the Highway Patrol says Samuel's change in status is "customary practice in all critical incidents." The investigation is continuing.


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