ROCKY MOUNT (WITN) - Troopers say a truck that a fallen Rocky Mount police officer struck late Saturday night was being towed illegally.
Derrick Sheffield, 46, and Timmy Dixon, 38, were arrested after troopers say they were involved in a two-vehicle collision that killed 27-year-old Senior Police Officer Christopher Driver.
Officer Driver was traveling along South Church Street in Rocky Mount around 10:35 p.m. Saturday when his car rear-ended what troopers call an old dilapidated tree trimming truck.
Highway Patrol Sgt. David Finch says Sheffield had brought the truck and was towing it illegally. While the truck's flashers were on, Finch says the lenses on them were so corroded that little light was emitted.
Troopers believe Officer Driver was en route to a suspicious vehicle call and the possible theft of the tree truck that he collided with. They say the officer was speeding at the time but did attempt to brake and swerve to avoid the truck.
Officer Driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Sheffield was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and leaving a vehicle unattended or unsecure in the roadway while Dixon faces misdemeanor death by vehicle and felony hit and run, leaving the scene of the accident.
Dixon was released after posting a $7,000 bond, while Sheffield bonded out on a $5,000 bond from the Nash County jail.
The crash is being investigated by the Highway Patrol.
Driver had been an officer with the Rocky Mount Police Department since February 2013 and had been promoted to senior police officer last August.
The Rocky Mount Police Officer killed in a late night traffic accident while on duty has been identified.
Senior Police Officer Christopher Driver, 27, was killed in a two-vehicle collision around 10:35 p.m. Saturday, according to a Facebook post by the Rocky Mount Police Department.
Driver was on patrol and driving along South Church Street when his car collided with a commercial "bucket truck" that was traveling in the same southbound direction, police said.
Driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The truck driver was not injured in the collision, police said.
The crash is being investigated by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Driver had been an officer with the Rocky Mount Police Department since February 2013 and had been promoted to Senior Police Officer last August.
A late night traffic accident in one Eastern Carolina city has claimed the life of one of the city's police officers.
A wreck involving a Rocky Mount police officer and a commercial vehicle was reported Saturday night at 10:35 on 4112 South Church Street. According to Rocky Mount Police Public Information Officer Cpl. Brad Summerlin, state officials have been brought in to investigate the wreck.
Summerlin said the name of the officer involved in the wreck is not yet being released pending notification of next of kin.