Crash involving NC deputy that killed woman was ‘tragic accident,’ sheriff says

The scene of a crash in Edgecombe County that killed one person and seriously injured another (Carleigh Griffith/CBS North Carolina)

TARBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – A sergeant with the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office was on duty when he was involved in a fatal collision Wednesday afternoon on McKendree Church Road. Edgecombe County Sheriff Cleveland “Clee” Atkinson Jr. called the wreck a “tragic accident.”

Sgt. Bryan Corey was driving an Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office Ford F-150 southeast on the road about 12:30 p.m. while hauling a car on a tow dolly. Corey was moving the car to the salvage yard when the tow dolly became unattached from the truck.

The dolly moved into the other lane of travel, hitting a 2009 Malibu was traveling northwest on McKendree Church Road, the Highway Patrol said.

Kristopher Hyman, 39, of Tarboro, was driving the Malibu at the time of the collision. He was taken to Vidant Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

Hyman’s wife, Koshala Hyman, 41, of Tarboro, died at the scene, the Highway Patrol confirmed.

As of 7:15 a.m. Thursday, Kristopher Hyman remained in serious condition.

Both Kristopher and Koshala Hyman were wearing their seat belts. Corey was not injured.

“There was nothing intentionally involved with this accident, so we’re asking for everyone to pray for the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and the family that was involved because it is a tragic accident,” said Sheriff Cleveland Atkinson.

The Highway Patrol said speed is not believed to be a factor in the collision.

Corey was hauling the car to the scrap yard after it had been abandoned on the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office property.

“He’s a great officer, he’s one of the better officers we have at the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office. He’s been employed here for a little over ten years,” Atkinson said.

The Highway Patrol is still investigating whether there was a malfunction with how the car was attached to the dolly or a malfunction with how the dolly was attached to the sergeant’s truck.

A team from Accident Research Specialists in Raleigh has been hired by the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office to reconstruct accident.

Highway patrol investigators spoke with the district attorney and the decision was made that no charges will be filed in the crash yet. Corey is on paid administrative leave, the sheriff said.

“It hurts any time there’s a loss of life. I do would like for the families to know that we do care. I would like for my deputy’s family to know that we do care, we are concerned, and we’re praying,” Atkinson said.


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