Spencer police officer hits, kills scooter driver in High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- One person is dead after a Spencer police officer and a motor scooter collided on Business 85 south in High Point Tuesday morning, according to a press release.

Dustin Ward, an officer with Spencer police, was traveling southbound on Business 85 in a marked patrol vehicle when the collision happened. The officer attempted life-saving measures but was unsuccessful, the release said.

The scooter driver was pronounced dead at the scene. On Tuesday afternoon, High Point police identified the scooter driver as 61-year-old William Rex May, of High Point.

Officers determined Ward attempted to avoid a collision with the scooter. Police say he did not sustain any injuries during the crash.

Investigators are working to determine contributing factors to the crash.

Spencer police Chief Michael James said Ward has been with the department for almost six months.

"Our officer was placed on administrative leave with pay this morning which is in accordance with our policy and procedure," James said.