• Albemarle correctional officer charged in deadly crash still on the job

    By: Liz Foster


    ALBEMARLE, N.C. - A correctional officer charged in connection with the deadly crash on Jan. 30 in Albemarle is still employed at the Albemarle Correctional Institute but he is not allowed to drive state vehicles.

    [Correctional officer charged in crash that killed 10-year-old Albemarle girl]

    Family members of the 10-year-old girl killed in the crash plan to take action against the state.

    Jimmy Ross Snavely was driving a state prison van when he crashed into the vehicle in which Micah Bryant was a passenger, killing the young girl.

    Micah Bryant

    Bennie Wayne Greene rushed outside his home to try and help.

    "I wake up in the night and I still see that picture of them two people,” Greene said. “It's awful."

    Bryant had just left East Albemarle Elementary School where she was an honor roll student in the fourth grade. Her older brother was driving when, police said, Snavely swerved around a car that was slowing down in front of him and hit the family's car head-on.



    The crash report from the Albemarle Police Department showed Snavely was driving the prison van at 66 mph in a 35 mph zone.

    Greene said he sees people driving 60 to 70 mph almost daily on Anderson Grove Church Road.

    "The speeding on this road -- somebody else is going to get killed before it's over with," Greene said.

    Snavely was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, speeding and reckless driving.

    He's out of jail on bond.

    "The internal investigation is still ongoing and no policies have been changed at this time," a spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety said in a news release.

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