LA GRANGE, N.C. (WNCN) – A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper was injured Sunday when another vehicle hit his patrol car on U.S. 70 near La Grange.
Lt. Jeff Gordon said the wreck happened around 7:45 p.m. after Trooper R.C. Riley was finishing up a previous crash investigation.
Riley’s patrol car was stationary with its emergency lights activated. Highway Patrol said a vehicle driven by Dylan Thomas Smith, 22, of La Grange failed to move over and hit the trooper’s car from behind.
Riley was sitting inside the car at the time of the crash and was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Smith will be charged with failing to slow or change lanes for an authorized emergency vehicle. The violation is a misdemeanor.
In 2002, the “Move Over” law was enacted, directing drivers to change lanes or slow down when passing a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing lights on the roadside. In the fall of 2012, the law was revised to include “public service” vehicles.