Family and friends mourn Sanford dad who died in ATV crash with deputy

SANFORD, N.C. (WNCN) — Family and friends are mourning the death of a North Carolina father who was killed when his ATV collided with a deputy’s cruiser.

Shelton Lee McLean, age 31, of Lindsey Lane in Sanford died after a nearly head-on crash with a Lee County sheriff’s deputy on East Forest Oak Drive near Ward Memorial Baptist Church in Sanford, officials say.

Lee County sheriff’s Deputy Manuel Torres was driving his patrol car during the incident around 1 a.m. Friday, according to NC State Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Jeff Gordon.

McLean, who leaves behind a young son, was from Albany, NY, and had attended Hudson Valley Community College in the past, according to his obituary and Facebook profile.

Dozens of friends and family members spoke out on social media after learning of his death.

“Praying for relief for my family in these dark hours. I love u guys!! R.I.P to my big cousin we will truly miss you,” Shakima Alexander of Albany wrote on Facebook about McLean.

Funeral services have been planned for both the Sanford area and Albany, according to McLean’s obituary.

The deadly crash happened when Deputy Torres was traveling east on East Forest Oaks Road near Lower Moncure Road when he met McLean’s ATV, which was traveling west and straddling the centerline of the roadway, officials said.

As the two vehicles met each other, they collided, Lt. Gordon said. After impact, the deputy’s vehicle traveled onto the right shoulder and struck a ditch.

The ATV traveled onto the right shoulder. McLean was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene, according to authorities. Torres was taken to hospital where he was treated and released.

McLean’s family will receive visitors at the home of his sister, LaQuanda Carter Owens at 117 Willow Ridge Drive in Sanford.

North Carolina funeral services will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Works For Christ Christian Center, 1395 Firetower Road in Sanford, according to Knotts Funeral Home in Sanford.

New York funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Greater St. John Church of God in Christ, 74 4th Ave. in Albany, NY.  A wake will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church, according to Rockefeller Funeral Home in Rensselaer, NY

McLean will be buried in Graceland Cemetery in Albany.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing but charges are not expected, officials say.

A preliminary investigation indicates McLean traveled into the path of the deputy’s vehicle, the NC Highway Patrol said..

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