Deputy David Lee’Sean Manning
Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office
“The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office received a call at approximately 6:17 pm last night that there was a collision involving one of our patrol units. The weather condition was light rain. Deputy David Lee’Sean Manning was 24 YOA and had been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since November 8, 2017.
Deputy Manning was conducting patrol and traveling north in his patrol car on NC Hwy 111/122, north of Pinetops. In the performance of his duties as a Deputy Sheriff, he recognized a violation of the motor vehicle law, turned around on a vehicle and started traveling south on that same road. During this time, there was a collision with a Chevrolet Silverado. Both parties in the other vehicle sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. Deputy Manning succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
The suspect vehicle, which was a Nissan Altima, collided with a ditch bank about 2/10 of a mile south of the fatal collision. The driver of the vehicle ran from the scene. The suspect was not located after an extensive K9 search by the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and surrounding agencies.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol Traffic Reconstruction unit was called in from Raleigh to investigate the fatal collision. At this time, it is still under investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
We are truly saddened by the loss of Deputy Manning. All parties involved in this fatal collision will continue to be in our prayers.
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.”
-Sheriff Cleveland Atkinson Jr.