Accident report: Trooper speeding in fatal crash
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WTVD) -- An accident report released Monday shows a State Highway Patrol trooper was speeding before an accident that left a woman dead in Nash County.
According to the document, Trooper Arnold Sylvester Samuel was traveling at 53 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone when he struck a vehicle driven by 59-year-old Maurilia Solis Leon. The report also showed Leon failed to yield the right of way.
Samuel was traveling north on Highway 301 in Rocky Mount last Tuesday evening when a 2002 Dodge Stratus, driven by Leon, pulled out in front of him from the parking lot of a Golden Corral restaurant.
The Patrol said two independent witnesses reported Samuel attempted to steer to the left to avoid a collision, but hit the driver-side door of the Dodge, killing Leon.
The Highway Patrol also released dash cam video from the officer's car.
The Patrol also previously stated that Samuel was not enroute to a call at the time of the crash.
The trooper suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The preliminary investigation showed both drivers were wearing their seatbelts and alcohol was not a factor in the collision.
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