CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- A Cumberland County deputy was involved in a deadly head-on collision on Monday evening that left a college basketball player dead.
The deputy, who was off duty, survived.
The crash happened just before 6 p.m. in the 4700 block of Goldsboro Road (US 13).
The Highway Patrol said a vehicle driven by Eric Henderson, of Virginia, crossed the center line and collided with the deputy's vehicle.
Henderson was not wearing a seatbelt, according to state troopers. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Livingstone College in Salisbury said Henderson was an academic sophomore but a freshman forward on the men's basketball team.
The school said Henderson was an honor student.
"He wanted to be at Livingstone College. He took pride in being a Blue Bear," said James Stinson, Livingstone Men's Basketball head coach. "He was willing to sacrifice to make sure everyone else was OK. He was the ultimate student-athlete. "
The deputy, Gary Clarke, was in his personal vehicle, state troopers said. Clarke was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with what were described as non-life threatening injuries.
The Highway Patrol said alcohol is not suspected as a factor in the crash.