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Trooper hits, kills pedestrian in Salemburg

Posted November 14, 2012

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— 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."

Trooper crash in Salemburg Salemburg man struck, killed by state trooper

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.

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  • piene2 Nov 16, 2012

    "He might be a great guy. That doesn’t matter at this point. What matters is if he was a) speeding, and b) going too fast for conditions (i.e. cars parked along the road for the auction). If so he needs to be charged just as any other person would be.
    Lightfoot3"

    Do not hold your breath waiting for that to happen. Cops are above the law. In many cases they are far worse then the people they are arresting.

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 16, 2012

    “I am personally praying for all those involved” – brookerogers07


    You can say all the prayers, incantations, and spells you want, but that won’t change what’s happened.


    “know this trooper and he is a stand up guy.” - brookerogers07


    He might be a great guy. That doesn’t matter at this point. What matters is if he was a) speeding, and b) going too fast for conditions (i.e. cars parked along the road for the auction). If so he needs to be charged just as any other person would be.

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 16, 2012

    “The trooper was not going to a call so there was no need for lights and sirens.” - just-wondering


    But was he breaking the laws of the state, and common sense, by speeding through this area? If so, he should be charged, arrested, and tried, just as any other person would be.


    “So I guess no one on this board has ever sped over the speed limit.” – ASU


    And if they strike and kill someone while doing so, they are usually charged with a crime.


    “Yes people especially older people can be killed by a vehicle at 20-25 mph.” – ASU


    Not just older people, but anyone can. But the chance of death is higher if the speed of the vehicle is higher. And the faster a vehicle is going, the less time the driver has for reaction. Bottom line ... was the cop speeding?

  • happygirl0624 Nov 15, 2012

    I have to comment as a concerned Salemburg citizen. First of all, anyone that rides through Salemburg on Hwy 242 on Tuesday nights knows the amount of vehicles parked along the streets near the auction. Now, any seasoned driver with an ounce of common sense would know to go very slow, even under the speed limit, when conditions such as this present themselves. Be prepared for pedestrians darting out into the street. This was not an inexperienced driver that took the life of an 80 year old man. I live on Hwy 242 in the town of Salemburg and see and hear drivers speeding through town ALL OF THE TIME! It concerns me because I have a 80 year old parent who also lives on Hwy 242 in the TOWN of Salemburg. Drivers need to SLOW DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • piene2 Nov 15, 2012

    ".so chance are that we ( John Q Citizen ) will never have these facts.
    crustyhalo"

    Of course not. Anything damaging to the cop will be quickly destroyed. The solution is total video and audio recording equipment monitoring every movement of every cop and civilian review boards to keep the cops in line.

  • dronews Nov 15, 2012

    I was in law enforcement in Arizona and there was a huge problem with police officers speeding and causing accidents due to their negligence and thats what this was. It was so bad that the mayor encouraged citizens to(carefully)catch up to the officers and get their information and report it to the police department. It turned the tables on the officers and it wasn't long before there wasn't a problem with speeding.
    I think some people on here are confused by the word "highway" 242. This isn't your typical highway. There are small towns and side streets everywhere. I'm always cautious driving due to that and the fact that there are always tractors on the road you have to slow down for. I went by the accident site today, it's 20 mph there. This officer was speeding for no reason other than that he could get away with it. Everyone defends him and all officers but the truth is that alot of them are on power trips and feel untouchable. I hope they make an example of this guy.

  • Sherlock Nov 15, 2012

    UNC24, you need to check your fact, I do not know of any 80 individual that can run 17mmph on their feet.. Of course you attend UNC at would that explains your figures...not. Also hitting someone does not sound anywere near a gunshot.

  • lra07 Nov 15, 2012

    This is a sad thing for both families, how dare people assume the trooper did this on purpose. He risk his life everyday to make sure everyone is safe on NC highways, this is why they call it a accident.God bless Trooper Brown and God Bless Mr. Ottis!

  • just-wondering Nov 15, 2012

    Ok for all the know it alls (you think) that have posted comments let me set you straight. I am in the family of the deceased and know the trooper. Not sure at this point what the speed was, BUT IT WAS NOT 70-80! The deceased was 80 yrs old, his brother was across the street, he stepped out in front of the trooper in a split second. The trooper was not going to a call so there was no need for lights and sirens. Both men involved were kind, gentle caring people that were circumstances of an accident. When some of you know it alls are 80 yrs old you reckon you may do something without thinking or "looking" in this case. Have you ever been a little over the speed limit? Sure you have because you are human not saints! JUST LIKE BOTH MEN INVOLVED! Instead of bashing the trooper try PRAYING for BOTH families because they both are suffering. So get your facts before you pass your wrong opinions!
    parkerswithfaith Thanks and sorry for your and your family's loss!

  • ASU Nov 15, 2012

    So I guess no one on this board has ever sped over the speed limit.

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