Jogger hit by deputy’s cruiser in Cabarrus County, troopers say

Jogger hit by deputys cruiser in Cabarrus County, troopers say

CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. — The Highway Patrol is investigating after they said a jogger was hit by a Cabarrus County sheriff deputy’s vehicle Friday morning.

The collision happened just after 5:30 a.m. on Stallings Road at Harrisburg Veterans Parkway.

Troopers told Channel 9 the deputy was heading north on Stallings Road and then turned left onto Harrisburg Veterans Parkway when they collided with the pedestrian.

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According to the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy had a blinking yellow traffic light and started to turn left onto Harrisburg Veterans Parkway but didn’t see two joggers in the road.

A 19-year-old man was hit by the deputy’s car and pinned beneath it. Emergency crews eventually freed him from under the car and he was taken to the hospital with serious injuries but should be OK, officials said.

The other jogger was injured trying to help the jogger who was hit. The second jogger was also taken to a hospital.

The sheriff’s office told Channel 9 the joggers were not wearing any type of reflective gear. The families do not want to release the names of the victims.

The crash remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol.

Channel 9 learned this isn’t the first deputy-related crash at the intersection.

On Sept. 4, 2018, a teenager in a stolen car careened into an elderly man’s car, followed seconds later by a deputy’s patrol car that had been chasing him.

The man survived.

With development bringing more traffic to the busy intersection, neighbor Rick Higgins said it’s more dangerous than ever.

“I’ve lived here my whole life. My house used to sit right there. It was so bad I picked the whole house up and moved it away. But yeah, this intersection is unbelievable,” Higgins said.

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