Salemburg, N.C. — A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper hit and killed a pedestrian in Sampson County Tuesday evening, authorities said.
Trooper Emory T. Brown was northbound on N.C. Highway 242, just north of Autryville Road in Salemburg, at about 7 p.m. when his patrol vehicle struck a pedestrian crossing the highway, authorities said.
The pedestrian was identified as Ottis Parker, 80, of Clinton.
Neighbors and family members say Parker was crossing the street to meet his brother for the weekly auction they attended together every Tuesday.
"Everybody at the scene was upset. A lot of people were around because the auction goes on every Tuesday night," said neighbor Ginger Conoway. "That's where he was going. He comes every Tuesday night."
The crash happened right in front of Conoway's house. She said it sounded like a gunshot.
The case remains under investigation and Brown was placed on administrative duty, as is standard procedure.
Brown is a 9-year veteran of the Highway Patrol and is assigned to the Motor Carrier Enforcement Section, Troop B, District 9 in Fayetteville.