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ATV rider killed in crash with sheriff's deputy

Posted March 18

A person riding an ATV died early Friday morning after colliding with a cruiser driven by a Lee County sheriff's deputy near Sanford.
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— A person riding an ATV died early Friday morning after colliding with a cruiser driven by a Lee County sheriff's deputy near Sanford.

Authorities said the Lee County Deputy Manuel Torres was conducting a security check on a church around 1 a.m. during routine patrol. When the deputy pulled out of the church onto East Forest Oaks Drive, the vehicle collided with the ATV driven by 31-year-old Shelton Lee McLean, of Sanford, who died.

Officials said McLean's ATV was straddling the center yellow line, and Torres was driving in the correct lane. After the two vehicles collided, the McLean's ATV traveled onto the right shoulder and he was ejected.

McLean died at the scene.

Torres' vehicle struck a ditch before coming to rest. The deputy was taken to Central Carolina Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released.

The North Carolina State Highway patrol is investigating the wreck. Charges are not expected.

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  • Ed Livesay Mar 18, 2016
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    Photo infers a night-time event... Dollar to a doughnut the ATV had no lights...

  • Stacie Hagwood Mar 18, 2016
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    Hmmm. ATV (AKA unlicensed off-road vehicle) on roadway, 1am, likely not wearing a helmet, though I concede it might not be the case. Looks like a clear-cut case of police abuse of powers there to me. A pure conspiracy to take out law-abidin,' pro-Trump supporters and wreak genocide on red necks. Yep, that's what it is. (TIC)

  • Robert Fotch Jr Mar 18, 2016
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    Of coarse the cop wasn't at fault and dead boys tell no stories. Security check, sounds a lot like a safety meeting.

  • Johnathan Gault Mar 18, 2016
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    Little information, leaves a lot to open speculation.

  • Chad Johnson Mar 18, 2016
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    Looks like a 300ex. Wonder what really happened?

  • Nathaniel Hopkins Mar 18, 2016
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    famous last words....."hey y'all!! watch theees!"

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Mar 18, 2016
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    Looks a lot like an ATV I seen the other day at the intersection of 87 and Broadway where there were 3 teen boys piled on top of it then did wheelies across 87 when the light changed.