Pictured above: The scene of Wednesday’s fatal Taylorsville Highway accident – WSIC Photo
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STATESVILLE (WSIC) – An off-duty Iredell County Sheriff deputy is dead following an accident involving a deputy who was on duty Wednesday afternoon.
This happened on Taylorsville Highway near Tarlton Road. Deputy Justin Betts was on duty and slowed-down to make a left turn into a parking lot. Sheriff Darren Campbell says that’s when the collision occurred with Corporal Bill Wood who was traveling in the opposite direction on his motorcycle. He was pronounced dead on scene.
WSIC’s Rockie Lynne knows both men, especially Corporal Wood who was involved with his charity Tribute to the Troops.
“Bill is one of the finest men that I’ve ever known in my life,” says Lynne.
He spoke with Corporal Wood’s wife shortly after the accident and says her focus is on taking care of their children.
Deputy Betts has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. WSIC news partner FOX 46 spoke with the Highway Patrol which says speed was not a factor in the accident. The District Attorney will be consulted as part of the investigation.
Sheriff Darren Campbell says their thoughts and prayers are with the families.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office press release about the accident appears below.
Sheriff Darren Campbell states on Wednesday July 18th at 1:41pm a deputy advised Iredell County Communications he had been involved in a motor vehicle collision. Both vehicles involved in this incident were employees of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. The accident occurred on Taylorsville Highway north of Statesville. One of the deputies involved in the collision was on duty and had slowed to make a left into a parking lot. The second deputy was traveling west toward Statesville on Taylorsville Highway and was off duty, riding a motorcycle. The second deputy was pronounced dead at the scene.
The on duty deputy involved in the incident is named Deputy Justin Betts, he will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
The deputy who was killed was Corporal Bill Wood. Corporal Wood had been employed with Iredell County Emergency Communications since 1993 and had transferred over to the Sheriff’s Office in 2007.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating the accident at this time.
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