Edgecombe County deputy dies in crash during chase

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TARBORO — An Edgecombe County sheriff’s deputy died in a crash that occurred during a chase Sunday evening.

Deputy David Lee’Sean Manning, 24, was driving north on N.C. 111/122 north of Pinetops when he observed a traffic violation and turned around to stop a Nissan Altima that passed him in the opposite lane, according to the sheriff’s office.

State troopers said Manning lost control while rounding a curve and struck an oncoming Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. Manning was killed in the head-on collision and the two people in the truck sustained minor injuries, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Edgecombe County Sheriff Cleveland “Clee” Atkinson said the car Manning had been pursuing struck a ditch bank about two-tenths of a mile south of the crash scene. The Nissan’s driver ran away and had not been located following a K-9 search.

Manning had worked for the sheriff’s office for about four months, starting duty on Nov. 8.

“We are truly saddened by the loss of Deputy Manning. All parties involved in this fatal collision will continue to be in our prayers,” Atkinson said in a statement posted to the sheriff’s office Facebook page. “As the sheriff of Edgecombe County, I would like for everyone to please respect both families in their time of bereavement. I also ask the citizens of Edgecombe County to pray for healing and comfort for both families and the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office.”

Atkinson said the crash remains under investigation by the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Manning’s photograph and a brief description of the incident was added to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a national website memorializing law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty.