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Rocky Mount officer was speeding, wasn't wearing seatbelt in deadly crash, officials say

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) - Two men face charges in connection with a weekend traffic collision that killed an on-duty Rocky Mount police officer, authorities confirmed.

Meanwhile, Monday afternoon the North Carolina State Highway Patrol announced that Officer Christopher Driver, who died in the crash, was speeding at the time and was not wearing his seatbelt in the patrol car he was driving.

Driver was killed when his patrol vehicle slammed into another vehicle Saturday around 10:30 p.m. at 4112 South Church St., officials said.

Derrick Sheffield, 46, and Timmy Dixon, 38, were arrested and charged, the Highway Patrol said. Both have posted bond and were released from jail.

Sheffield was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and leaving a vehicle unattended/unsecure while Dixon was also charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.

According to those that live near the crash site, a commercial truck pulled out on to South Church Street and stalled around 10:30 p.m.

The truck stopped and the driver put the emergency lights on and walked away, people in the area told CBS 17.

According to police, Driver's police car hit the truck that was in his lane.

The crash happened in front of the home of Melanie Thomas, who in the past was married to a Rocky Mount Police officer.

“It is very nerve-wracking -- I know a lot of police officers here in the City of Rocky Mount and (I was) not sure who it was at the time," Thomas said.

Driver was a graduate of the Nash Community College Law Enforcement training. He was hired by the Rocky Mount Police Department in February 2013 and was promoted to Senior Police Officer in 2017.

On Sunday afternoon,a patrol car in his honor was parked in front of the police department.

Arrangements for Driver have not been announced and the department is asking everyone to please respect the privacy of the family.


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