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State trooper injured after vehicle hits patrol cruiser

Posted June 28, 2015
Updated June 29, 2015

A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper was injured in Lenoir County after his patrol vehicle was hit by another vehicle on U.S. Highway 70 West near La Grange. The trooper's vehicle was stationary with its emergency lights activated when it was hit, the highway patrol said.
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— A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper was injured Sunday evening after his patrol vehicle was hit by another vehicle on U.S. Highway 70 West near La Grange.

Trooper R.C. Riley was completing an investigation of a motor vehicle collision and was sitting in his vehicle in the westbound lane as a tow truck was removing one of the vehicles when another vehicle struck him from behind, the Highway Patrol said.

The trooper's vehicle was stationary with its emergency lights activated when it was hit, the patrol said.

Dylan Thomas Smith, 22, of La Grange, was charged with failing to slow or change lanes for an authorized emergency vehicle on a multi-lane roadway, a violation of the state's Move Over Law.

Riley, a six-year veteran assigned to the Kinston Highway Patrol office, was treated at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro and released.

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  • Jacob Smith Jun 29, 2015
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    Wow - lucky the trooper got out without serious injuries.

    Getting hit on the side of the road is a leading cause of LEO death.

  • Wolfpack Granny Jun 28, 2015
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    Prayers for the trooper...