An investigation is under way after a sheriff's deputy responding to a call collided Monday night with another driver in southern Iredell County.
Both drivers were hospitalized in the wreck, which happened about 10:30 p.m. on N.C. 150 at Williamson Road, near Mooresville.
Police say the wreck happened when a cruiser driven by Deputy Phillip Bailey collided with a 1997 Nissan Maxima driven by Tammy Murray of Mooresville. Murray was pulling out of a Walgreen's store and was struck by the deputy's cruiser. Witnesses say the lights and siren were not operating in the deputy's car, but there is no indication how fast he was going.
“Their stories confirm the evidence at the scene, in that the lady was leaving the Walgreens when she was struck by the deputy,” N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper David Reid told NewsChannel 36, the Observer's news partner. “They also indicated that the deputy's lights or siren – neither one was on at the time of the accident.”
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office says the deputy, Phillip Bailey, was on route to help a deputy who was dealing with a person threatening suicide. Since it was not an emergency call, the deputy was not using his siren or lights.
Authorities say they hope to examine the dashboard camera in the deputy's car, in hopes of determining exactly how the wreck took place.
Mooresville police Capt. Adrian Burks told NewsChannel 36 that both drivers suffered neck and back injuries.
NewsChannel 36 contributed.