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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Monday, June 25, 2018

A Twin Counties law enforcement officer was killed in a fatal wreck Saturday on the eve of a ceremony to honor a deputy who was killed in a similar manner earlier this year.

Rocky Mount Senior Police Officer Christopher Driver died in a collision with a commercial vehicle while on duty in his patrol car. Driver was traveling on South Church Street when his vehicle collided with a commercial vehicle in his lane, said Cpl. Brad Summerlin, public information officer for the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Driver died at the scene. The State Highway Patrol Recon Unit was called from Raleigh to investigate the fatal wreck.

“At this time it is still under investigation by the North Carolina Highway Patrol,” Summerlin said.

Officers from Rocky Mount and Sharpsburg responded to the scene.

Interim Police Chief Willie Williams said the department is saddened by the loss.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the officer involved,” Williams said. “We ask everyone to please respect the privacy of Officer Driver’s family during this time of bereavement.”

Driver has been with the department since February 2013. He was promoted to the rank of senior police officer in August 2017.

Many local law enforcement officers woke up Sunday morning prepared to honor a fallen brother to learn of another officer's death. Edgecombe County Deputy David Lee'Sean Manning was killed in a crash as he pursued a car on N.C. 111 between Tarboro and Pinetops.

Manning's patrol car collided with a pickup truck traveling the opposite direction. The vehicle he was pursuing crashed in a roadside ditch a short distance away. The driver fled on foot but was later located and charged with driving while impaired.

Manning, who was with the Sheriff's Office for four months, was honored Sunday with a street-naming in Pinetops.

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