Passenger Being Transported Home by NC Deputy Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash
MACON COUNTY, NC. – A passenger being transported home by a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy died in a single-vehicle crash, according to an online news story posted at foxcarolina.com. The circumstances of the transport are not yet clear, and authorities have not determined the cause of the collision.*
At approximately 4:10 p.m. on February 12, a Macon County Sheriff’s Office van was traveling west on U.S. Highway 64 in Macon County, North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety says the deputy driving the van was 28-year-old Mr. Mitchell. Deputy Mitchell was transporting a man to his home in Franklin, North Carolina, at the time.
It is unclear at this time why Mitchell was taking the man home. Reports did not say whether he was involved in an investigation. Near the area of Bill Dalrymple Road on U.S. 64 West, Mitchell somehow lost control of the van and ran off the roadway on the right side. The van then rolled numerous times and came to a rest upright.
It is still not known how the crash happened. No vehicles were involved except for the deputy van.
Mitchell and the male passenger in the van sustained serious injuries in the accident, and emergency responders transported them to Angel Hospital in Franklin. Mitchell’s current condition is not known. However, the passenger was too severely injured to recover, and he died at the hospital. The Department of Public Safety identified him as 66-year-old Mr. Baggott, of Franklin.
North Carolina Highway Patrol is handling the investigation of the accident. No further information has yet been released regarding the circumstances of the wreck.
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