At approximately 7:17 pm on Friday, March 27, 2020, Trooper Nolan J. Sanders of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol was involved in a single vehicle crash while on duty in his assigned duty station of Troop C, District 2.
Trooper Sanders was driving north on I-795 when his patrol vehicle traveled off the roadway near the 19.5-mile marker, in the Pikeville area of Wayne County . The vehicle struck a concrete culvert off the right shoulder of the roadway before rolling onto its side.
Trooper Sanders was aged 28 and a five-year veteran of the NCSHP. He was pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision.
“Our SHP family is devastated by the loss of Trooper Nolan Sanders this evening,” said commander of the State Highway Patrol, Colonel Glenn M. McNeill, Jr. “Trooper Sanders personified what it meant to be a Trooper, his passing will leave a lasting mark on all that had the honor to work together with him. The coming days and weeks will prove to be difficult, but we will stand with the Sanders family throughout this difficult process.”
According to WECT6 News, Sgt. Chris Knox with the NCSHP said Trooper Sanders, was driving north on Interstate 795 in Pikeville shortly after 7:15 p.m. when he drove off the right side of the road and hit a concrete ditch culvert.
Sgt. Knox said “We don’t feel any type of enforcement action was taking place.”
The SHP Collision Reconstruction Unit is handling the ongoing investigation.
- North Carolina State Highway Patrol (Facebook)
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