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Highway Patrol Files Charges In Accident That Injures Deputy

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Highway Patrol has filed charges against a Selma woman after a crash that injured the woman and a Johnston County Sheriff's Deputy.

Sandra Shepherd Solomon was charged Saturday with exceeding a safe speed, traveling left of center and not wearing a seat belt.

The crash occurred around 11:30 Friday morning on rural paved road 1003, a two-lane road known as Buffalo Road, just north of Selma in Johnston County.

Johnston County Lt. Roger Benson was listed in fair condition at Wake Medical Center on Saturday after undergoing surgery Friday for injuries suffered in the accident.

Solomon, who was taken to the Wake Med Trauma Unit, also was in fair condition Saturday.

According to a Highway Patrol investigation, Solomon's car was traveling south on Buffalo Road when it hydroplaned on the wet road and skidded across the center line.

Benson, who was on duty, was traveling in the northbound lane. He attempted to avoid Solomon's car but was unable to do so.

Benson's cruiser hit Solomon's car in the right front quarter panel.

Solomon was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car.