No charges after Guilford County sheriff’s deputy cruiser hits, kills pedestrian

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Charges will not be filed against a Guilford County sheriff’s deputy who hit and killed a pedestrian on Saturday.

Deputy P.M. Lowe fatally struck 51-year-old Florence Farrish White of Burlington in the 5300 block of Burlington Road around 2:47 a.m., but authorities said his actions did not contribute to the crash.

Greensboro police said Lowe was driving his marked vehicle eastbound on the 5300 block of Burlington Road when his patrol car fatally struck the victim.

The factors that contributed to the crash included the absence of lighting on the roadway and that White was walking in the roadway wearing dark clothing, according to investigators. No sidewalk was available on this portion of the roadway.

Police were not able to positively identify White until Monday, according to authorities.

Police said Lowe was driving around 46 mph in a 45 mph zone and was unable to avoid the collision. Lowe immediately turned around, notified authorities and tried to get help for White, according to investigators.

Police said pedestrians are reminded that where sidewalks are not available, they are required by law to walk along the extreme left edge of the roadway facing traffic, yielding the right of way to vehicles on the roadway.

The determination that charges are not warranted followed an investigation by the Greensboro Police Department’s Traffic Reconstruction Unit and a review of the findings by the District Attorney’s office, according to police.

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