Once again we are reminded of the extreme risk of operating on roadways, especially Interstate (and related high speed) highways. This morning a Lumberton (North Carolina) Police Officer was struck by a vehicle and killed in the Line of Duty long Interstate 95.
Officer Jason Quick was dispatched to a crash on the northbound lane of I-95 near exit 22 at about 0610 hours. While investigating, he was hit by a vehicle at 6:53 a.m., according to the department.
Another Lumberton Police Officer and members of the Lumberton Fire Department immediately began rendering aid to Quick. Quick was transported to Southeastern Regional Medical Center where he died. The North Carolina Highway Patrol and the investigator for the Robeson County District Attorney’s Office were contacted to investigate the crash scene.
Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.
DID YOU KNOW?
According to CDC, each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driving a vehicle while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated.
BOTTOM LINE: We have to act as if they DO NOT SEE US.
While there are no details yet on exactly what caused Officer Quick to be struck, the facts on distracted driving are clear.
More and more-HEAVY DUTY APPARATUS BLOCKING appears to be the immediate, initial arriving, best solution to protect our personnel….and even that can result in tragedy as we saw in Hanover County, VA when Lt Brad Clark’s engine was struck by a truck-and it then struck him and his crew. As you know, Brad was killed and 2 of his crew members were very seriously injured.
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