ROBESON COUNTY, NC (TERESAREPORTS) – The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy was hit by a pickup truck and seriously injured while directing traffic early Friday morning.
Robeson County Sheriff’s Detective Stephen Matthew Lassiter, 31 of Lumberton, was struck by a vehicle while working a traffic diversion assignment, according to Sheriff Burnis Wilkins.
“Matt is a detective in the criminal investigations division,” Wilkins told TeresaReports. “He is a very likable guy with an eagerness to serve the public.”
Wilkins said Detective Lassiter was one of several deputies diverting traffic from I-95 at Exit 33 over the bridge onto 301 north of St. Paul’s.
Construction crews were working on a bridge on I-95 which caused the traffic to be re-routed. Lassiter was struck while directing traffic on top of the overhead bridge on 301.
Lawrence Adair II, of Hope Mills, was driving a 2017 Ford Truck while traveling towards Parkton when he hit Lassiter.
Adair was charged with failing to reduce speed.
Detective Lassiter suffered severe head trauma and other injuries and was air lifted to McLeod Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina.
Sheriff Wilkins asked everyone to pray for the detective and his family as they await final results from testing being conducted at the hospital.
Wilkins said the investigation is ongoing.