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Injuries From Cruiser Crash Claim Rocky Mount Officer

Posted May 2, 2007

— A Rocky Mount police officer died Wednesday of injuries he suffered Sunday in a fierce collision between his cruiser and a sport utility vehicle at a city intersection while he was answering a call about a robbery in progress, city officials said.

Police said Officer Alan Silver, 23, died at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, where he had been airlifted in critical condition late Sunday afternoon. Silver was pinned in his cruiser in the crash, and Rocky Mount firefighters had to use tools to break the car apart so they could get him out.

A city account of the crash, issued Wednesday, said Silver had the cruiser's lights flashing and siren sounding. he was driving north on Woodruff Street and a sport-utility vehicle was going east on Hunter Hill Road, police at the scene said Sunday. The crash occurred in front of the L&L convenience store and Exxon station where Woodruff Street turns into Winstead Avenue at Hunter Hill Road.

The city said police had received the robbery call from someone making a deposit at a Wachovia Bank branchy on Benvenue Road. They did not say if that call proved to be founded.

Police said Wednesday that no decisions had been made about filing any charges in the accident.

The driver of the SUV, Kenneth Hibbler, and his 11-year-old son were taken to nearby Nash Memorial Hospital, police said. Hibbler was treated and released. His son had minor injuries as well.

"I was just like, 'Oh, I hope he's okay,'" said witness Douglas Barfield. "I didn't see any movement at all in the car. And as they were cutting him out, you couldn't hear anything."

Silver had joined the department just over a year earlier. He was No. 1 in his police academy class and was the graduation speaker, the city said. He was one class short of receiving a bachelor's degree from East Carolina University, the city said.


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  • step611 May 3, 2007

    I noticed that the Rocky Mount Telegram stated that this was the first officer killed in the line of duty.....Lets not forget the canine Danny who was gunned down in the line of duty

  • CJN May 3, 2007

    This is truly another tragic loss for our state, community, and law enforcement family. Our thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and fellow officers. I would also like to say contributions to the family can be made to Criminal Justice Network, PO Box 129. Godwin, NC 28344 We are a non profit and all funds raised will go to the family. For those of you who contributed to Jason Campbell (Greenville Officer)we would like to thank you. We received contributions as far as Conn. and Washington state. Randy Brewington, President Criminal Justice Network.

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr May 3, 2007

    RIP brother. 8 officers have died so far this year in NC. That leads the country. That's not a stat we like to hear. 4 have died from crashes. Buckle up brothers and be safe.

  • packandcanesfan May 3, 2007

    I just saw that he passed away. So sorry. Thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and family of officers. :(

  • VivaceConBrio May 3, 2007

    Officer Alan Silver has been memorialized on the Officer Down Memorial Page and currently has four pages of reflections. I encourage you to visit this web sight to view his page and read the reflections from across the country.


    This was difficult for me to read, this truly hits home. We’ve all been in shock and numb since the accident; it’s finally sinking in that he’s gone. Our RMPD family is devastated. He will most definitely not be forgotten. He will live forever in the hearts of all who knew him. The coming days will be hard, please keep his family and our RMPD family in your prayers.

  • 68_polara May 3, 2007

    So sorry to here this.

  • stone24 May 3, 2007

    I worked with Alan for about a year before he joined the force. He was a fine example of a young man. A son who would make any parent proud. He was an intelligent and soft-spoken individual I had a great deal of respect for. I am so sorry to hear this happened. My condolences to the family and to the Hibblers as well.

  • camelia May 3, 2007

    I have known Mr. Alan Silver all of my life, he will never be forgotten. He was a great person and a joy to be around. If you has a problem, he would help make it right. We will miss you, and our hearts go out to your family from our family...Camelia, Dameion, Cailyn, and DJ

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  • lollly52 May 3, 2007

    Vivaceconbrio - well said.