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by Jeff Sykes

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled

US 52 TRAGEDY

A 9-year-old boy was killed in Forsyth County on Thursday afternoon when a tractor-trailer rammed into a line of cars that had stopped for construction work on US 52 North.

The wreck occurred near the Westinghouse Exit. Jeremy Crymes was in a car driven by his mother, Sheri, when the accident occurred just after 3 p.m. Traffic was merging into one lane for a construction zone and had backed up.

Truck driver Jerome Redford Jr. of Winston-Salem crested a hill in his Freightlinier and rammed into the last car in the line, casing a chain reaction that ultimately involved four other vehicles. A second driver, Jesse Hickman, 51, of Mount Airy was also killed in the crash. Authorities said they would confer with the district attorney regarding possible charges once their investigation is complete.

DEPUTY STRIKES PEDESTRIAN

Greensboro police, in coordination with the District Attorney, have determined that charges will not be filed against a Guilford County Sheriff’s Deputy whose vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian on Saturday, Oct. 25th.

The determination that charges are not warranted followed a thorough investigation by officers with the Greensboro Police Department’s Traffic Reconstruction Unit, and a review of the findings by the District Attorney’s office. Both the evidence and the opine of the DA indicated that the actions of operator of the vehicle, Deputy P.M. Lowe, did not contribute to the crash. The incident occurred at approximately 2:47 a.m. as Lowe was driving his marked vehicle eastbound on the 5300 block of Burlington Road.

Lowe’s patrol vehicle fatally struck 51-year-old Florence Farrish White, of Burlington. Police were not able to positively identify White until Monday, Oct. 27. 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. No sidewalk was available on this portion of the roadway.

Lowe was driving at approximately 46 mph in a 45 mph zone and was unable to avoid the collision. Lowe immediately turned around, notified authorities, and attempted to render aid to White. !

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