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Two Deputies Struck By Vehicle Outside Asheboro Donut Shop

(Scott Pelkey / Acme News)

ASHEBORO N.C. (ACME NEWS)– Two Deputies with the Randolph County Sheriff’s office had to be taken to the hospital after they were both struck by a vehicle while crossing the road in Asheboro.

According to Randolph County 911, at 12:31 p.m. a deputy with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office reported over the radio that her and another deputy had been struck by a vehicle in front of Glaze King Donuts on Albemarle Road.

Candee Bowman was driving on Albemarle Rd getting ready to make a left on Lewallen rd when she witnessed the accident. “I came up to them crossing the road. I was stopped at the light and another driver was coming up and she was getting close to my lane and I thought she was going to hit me” said Bowman. “I heard the impact but didn’t feel anything and that’s when I looked and saw the officers on the road and I jumped out to help.”

(Scott Pelkey / Acme News)

The Sheriff’s Office says that the two deputies, a female corrections officer and a male deputy who works in the department’s Child Support Division, were crossing the street to check on an individual who was laying near the exit ramp in front of the car wash when they were hit by the vehicle. Both deputies were taken to the Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Officials with the Sheriff’s Office say both deputies were alert after the accident.

The Asheboro Police Department is currently investigating the accident. More information will be added as it becomes available.

UPDATE 2/11/22 4:20 pm – A press release from the Asheboro Police Department is shedding more light on the accident. According to that press release Deputy Hugo A. Gomez and Deputy Chelsea J. Bigelow were in the area when they heard a welfare check be dispatched for a person lying in the grass near the car wash and the entrance to I-73/74. The pair of deputies parked their patrol cars in the parking lot of Glaze King Donuts and were crossing Albemarle Road on foot. That’s when police say the two were struck by a silver 2000 Toyota Rav4 traveling west on Albemarle Road. The driver, Sharon Craven Cheek, and front passenger, Jimmy Neal Barnes, were uninjured. Deputy Gomez and Deputy Bigelow were both transported by Randolph County EMS to a local medical facility. The press release says witnesses at the scene said that the silver 2000 Toyota Rav4 drove through a red light at the intersection of Albemarle Road and Lewallen Road.

The driver, Sharon Craven Cheek, was charged, with a red light violation and failure to reduce speed to avoid colliding with a pedestrian. Asheboro Police are asking anyone with information to contact Officer Osborne at 336-521-9020.

(Scott Pelkey / Acme News)