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Trooper reinstated following fatal Rocky Mount wreck

Posted April 27, 2012

A wreck on U.S. 301 North in Rocky Mount closed the road for about three hours on March 6, 2012.
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— The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Friday that a trooper involved in a fatal Rocky Mount wreck last month will return to duty next week.

Trooper A.S. Samuel has been on administrative duty since the March 6 collision that killed Maurilia Solis Leon. The Highway Patrol said its investigation determined the collision wasn't preventable.

Leon, 59, turned from the parking lot of a Golden Corral into the path of Samuel's cruiser on northbound U.S. Highway 301, near U.S. Highway 64. Samuel tried to swerve left but struck the driver's door of Leon's Dodge Stratus, authorities said.

Samuel will resume his normal duties on Monday.


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  • Proud Airman Apr 27, 2012

    paganwretch - He was going 8 miles over the speed limit. So what? EVERYONE speeds. It's not like he was going 20 miles over the speed limit. I'm sure you would throw a fit if you got pulled and ticketed for going 8 miles over the speed limit. She made a bad call when driving, which ended unfortunately.

  • paganwretch Apr 27, 2012

    Ultimately, it was the victim's fault but previous reports said the trooper was also exceeding the speed limit. Were any charges filed for the infraction? Would I, or other civilians, avoid any such charge in a fatal collision?

  • LEO 101 Apr 27, 2012

    Very good as he should had been, yes it is terrible for the woman and her family. I'm sure there are people who hate law Enforcement that will put up some negative comments about this. Grow up

  • stahl384 Apr 27, 2012

    Was there ever any doubt
    What made it unavoidable?

  • RaleighPirate Apr 27, 2012

    Good, because to me it sounded like he was not at fault here. I hate this woman was killed but she pulled out in front of the trooper.

  • working for deadbeats Apr 27, 2012

    As he should be.