MONROE, N.C. — A beloved sergeant was killed in a freak accident that unfolded in a matter of seconds Wednesday morning.
According to WSOC, Sgt. Jeffrey Greene is the first Union County deputy to ever die while on the job.
“Jeff Greene was a personal friend, a family man and a valuable member of our Sheriff’s Office family,” said Sheriff Eddie Cathey in a statement. “His loss is a tragedy, not only to his family and friends, but to the citizens of Union County. His orientation of service to the community was a quality that should be embraced and emulated by us all. He will be missed.”
A tractor-trailer flipped onto the cruiser on Highway 74 and now the driver of the truck, Eddie Weeks, is facing misdemeanor death by vehicle charges.
Troopers said Greene was waiting to turn left onto Sutherland Avenue from Highway 74. Next to him was another driver in a Kia and a tanker truck, investigators said.
As they all sat at the stop light, troopers said Eddie Weeks failed to stop his semi as he approached the light.
“He didn’t see and didn’t stop in time. He then jackknifed and the truck and trailer fell over top of the deputy sheriff’s car,” said North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Leach.
Troopers said the deputy died on scene in the cruiser.
Weeks has had had his commercial motor vehicle license for nearly 20 years and it has never been revoked, according to sources.
During that time, Weeks was given five citations and he has been involved in at least three crashes including one last year, also on Highway 74 in Union County.
Weeks was charged with failure to reduce speed causing an accident with injuries but those charges were thrown out by the DA’s office, which is a common practice.