Robeson County Sheriff's detective airlifted to hospital after being hit by pickup on I-95

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- A detective with the Robeson County Sheriff's Office is recovering after being hit by a pickup truck and flown to a South Carolina hospital.

The incident happened around 12 a.m. Friday on Interstate 95.

Officials said Detective Matthew Lassiter was wearing a vest as he directed traffic around construction near mile marker 33 when the crash happened.

Reports said Lawrence Adair II was driving a pickup truck and looked over and saw the flashing blue light but never saw Detective Lassiter.

When emergency crews arrived at the scene, they found the detective lying in the middle of the road.

Adair II has been charged with failure to reduce speed, according to authorities.

Deputies said they were lucky because Adair II was a Physicians Assistant and began immediate aid after he hit him.

Robeson County Sheriff Wilkins said on April 1, Detective Lassiter was up and talking and will fully recover in time.
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