GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A North Carolina deputy who suffered serious injuries in a traffic collision on Thanksgiving night has died, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday.
Nash County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jared Allison, 26, had been in the intensive care unit at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville since the crash in Rocky Mount on Nov. 26.
Allison had just completed a traffic stop on U.S. 301 near May Street when a motorcycle driving in a “reckless manner” passed him and he went to perform another traffic stop.
He had his blue lights and sirens activated when the deputy’s vehicle entered the nearby intersection and collided with another vehicle.
Stone said Allison appeared to have attempted to avoid the crash and went into the median, hit a culvert and overturned once.
Allison was ejected out of the passenger side of the vehicle during the crash, Stone said. The deputy suffered serious injuries to his head and suffered broken bones.
He had been unresponsive since arriving at the hospital.
The motorcyclist did not stop but Stone said the motorcyclist may have been unaware the deputy was pursuing him.
The sheriff said Allison was being treated at Vidant within 38 minutes of the crash thanks to help from an escort by the Highway Patrol.
“We ask everyone to keep Jared’s family as well as our deputies in your prayers as we all grieve the loss of a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Nash County,” Sheriff Keith Stone said in a news release.
Stone described Allison as a “phenomenal” law enforcement officer.
Funeral arrangements are pending. Allison is survived by his wife and 9-year-old son.
A GoFundMe has been created by members of Allison’s family. More than $20,000 has been raised so far.
LATEST NEWS FROM WFLA.COM:
- American honey may contain traces of nuclear fallout from 50s and 60s: study
- Teacher charged with drug possession after cocaine found in desk
- Man could get prison for dumping garbage on own property for years
- Study finds no link between epidural use at birth and autism
- Hillsborough School Board to hold emergency meeting amid financial crisis