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NC mental health director killed in biking collision with logging truck

Posted July 4, 2012 5:01 p.m. EDT
Updated July 4, 2012 11:39 p.m. EDT

— The head of North Carolina's mental health services was killed Wednesday afternoon when a logging truck collided with the bicycle he was riding in north Raleigh.

Raleigh police said late Wednesday that Steven Laverne Jordan, 49, of Raleigh, died at the scene on Louisburg Road near Perry Creek Road.

Both Jordan and the truck, driven by Clifton Paul Ellis, 28, of Kenly, were traveling northbound when the wreck occurred around 2:15 p.m.

The case is still under investigation, and charges are pending, police said.

Jordan had been the director of the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services since 2010.

According to its website, he also served as the state director of ResCare-North Carolina, where he managed programs for people with disabilities.

He was a graduate of Charleston Southern University, where he received his Bachelor's degree and the University of South Carolina, where he earned a Master's degree in educational counseling.

He began his career in human services in 1982 as a mental health worker in Charleston, S.C.

Police have not released any other details about what happened.