UPDATE: Robeson County detective struck by pickup truck has “severe concussion”

ROBESON COUNTY, NC (TERESAREPORTS) – The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy who was hit by a pickup truck and seriously injured while directing traffic is heavily sedated at the hospital.

Robeson County Sheriff, Burnis Wilkins, said Detective Matt Lassiter “remains heavily sedated as medical staff In Florence will slowly begin the process of removing a ventilator over the next day or so.”

Wilkins said there appears to be no broken bones, but said on social media that Lassiter has a severe concussion.

“A severe concussion calls for us to keep our faith in God and the doctors hands as we pray that Matt will overcome,” Wilkins said on social media.

Wilkins asked for continued prayers for the detective and his family.

“Please continue your prayers towards the friends and family of Matt as well as those that witnessed this incident to include the other deputies on scene,” he said. “The person that struck him and fire fighters and EMS personnel who quickly arrived to begin treating Matt and to those behind the scenes to include our county 911 communications center, flight medics and hospital staff.”

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.

“No one ever wants to hear of or witness such a tragedy but it’s great knowing that all of our dedicated and trained first responders are prepared to serve when called upon,” said Wilkins.

Wilkins said the investigation is ongoing.

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