Officials:Police officer killed after being struck by a car in Lumberton

(WPDE/ Matt Parris)

A Lumberton police officer has reportedly been killed after being struck by a car Saturday morning as he was walking to help a stranded driver at exit 22 on I-95 North in Lumberton, according to police.

The officer has been identified as 31-year-old Officer Jason Quick of the Lumberton Police Department.

Around 6:53 am Saturday, Officer Quick was responding to a crash when he was struck by a vehicle, according to Lumberton police.

Officers and fire personnel on scene worked to save Officer Quick. He was transported to Southeastern Regional Medical Center where he died from injuries.

"He was investigating a totally different crash," said Lumberton Police Deputy Chief Tommy Barnes. "It was a rear-end collision with two vehicles, and he was in the process of investigating that accident when he was involved in this accident."

Barnes explained how dangerous working along busy Interstate 95 can be.

"I don't think the motoring public really understands just how dangerous it is," Barnes said. "People have been driving on that interstate for hours and hours and they kind of get tunnel vision and that could cause an accident."

"Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Officer Jason Quick.," a statement from the Lumberton Police Department said.

Lumberton City Councilman and Mayor Protem John Cantey posted this statement on his Facebook page:

“As Mayor Pro Tem, I deeply feel the lost of any Resident or City Employee. The #OfficialAnnouncement to City Council is below but I removed the #NameForPrivacy.

"This morning around 6:20 A.M. Officer ______was responding to a accident on I-95 at Exit 22. Officer _______ was struck by vehicle while preforming his duties, he was taken to SRMC Center where he passed away from his injuries. I do not have any addition details at this time because police and fire personnel are still investigating the accident. Please keep Officer _____ and his family in your prayers.”

Deputy Chief Barnes said Quick leaves behind a wife and two young children.

North Carolina Highway Patrol as well as the Robeson County District Attorney’s Office are investigating.

We’re working for you to learn more information and will update you as soon as it’s available to us.

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