Charlotte, NC – While assisting with the investigation of a fatal crash, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol says a trooper was struck. According to reports from WCNC, officials believe a passenger vehicle struck the trooper’s vehicle from behind, in turn striking him. He was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries.
It happened July 4 shortly after 8:30 a.m. Trooper Adolfo A. Lopez-Alcedo was struck while assisting with a follow-up collision investigation into a Friday night crash that led to five deaths and several injuries.
As Trooper Lopez-Alcedo was beginning a shutdown of the I-485 Outer Loop near the 21-mile marker, he was struck while outside of his patrol vehicle.
The outer loop has been shut down while crews investigate the crash. Officials in the area said it should be avoided at all costs.
Trooper Lopez-Alcedo, a two-year veteran of State Highway Patrol, is assigned to Troop H, District 5 in Mecklenburg County.
“Our Patrol family is hurting with the devastating news of Trooper Lopez’s injury, his family needs our prayers for what is undoubtedly an uphill fight,” Colonel Glenn M. McNeill, Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol, said in a statement. “We will stand alongside our brother and his precious family in the hours and days to come and maintain hope that there will be a full recovery for this devoted public servant.”
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol Collision Reconstruction Unit is conducting the investigation.