‘Prayers are working:’ NC deputy up and talking after being hit by truck on I-95, sheriff says

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UPDATE: A Robeson County Sheriff’s deputy who was hit by a truck on Interstate 95 last week is now off a ventilator and “is up and talking,” Sheriff Burnis Wilkins posted on Monday evening.

On Saturday evening, Wilkins said that he met with Detective Stephen Matthew Lassiter in the hospital on Saturday and that the deputy was already improving then.

Lassiter was taken off a ventilator on Sunday and is continuing to improve, Wilkins wrote.

“Matt is back. Folks, your prayers are working as Matt is up and talking,” Wilkins said in the Facebook post Monday evening.

Lassiter was hit by a truck early Friday along Interstate 95 southbound near exit 33 over the bridge onto Highway 301, north of St. Pauls.

Construction crews were working on a bridge on I-95, which made it necessary for traffic to be rerouted. Lassiter was hit while directing traffic on top of the overhead bridge on Highway 301

On Monday, Wilkins said Lassiter is not ready to start working yet, but “it appears he will fully recover in time.”

Lawrence Adair II, of Hope Mills, was driving a 2017 Ford truck while heading towards Parkton when he slammed into Lassiter, Wilkins said.

In his most recent Facebook post, the sheriff thanked many who have helped in the last few days.

“Many of you have donated time, money and labor to help him and his family. Continue your prayers please,” Wilkins said Monday night.

Adair was charged with failing to reduce speed.

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A Robeson County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured overnight while directing traffic remains heavily sedated at the hos[ital, authorities said.

According to Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins’ Facebook page, the incident happened at 12:05 a.m. off Interstate 95 southbound near exit 33 over the bridge onto Highway 301, north of St. Pauls.

Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Detective Stephen Matthew Lassiter, 31, of Lumberton was struck by a truck while directing traffic on the interstate, Wilkins’ post said.

Construction crews were working on a bridge on I-95, which made it necessary for traffic to be rerouted. Lassiter was struck while directing traffic on top of the overhead bridge on Highway 301, according to Wilkins.

Lawrence Adair II, of Hope Mills, was driving a 2017 Ford truck while heading towards Parkton when he slammed into Lassiter, Wilkins said.

Adair was charged with failing to reduce speed.

Wilkins said Lassiter “suffered severe head trauma and other injuries and was airlifted to McLeod Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina.”

At 11:30 a.m., Wilkins said the latest news on Lassiter was “positive in nature.”

Lassister is still heavily sedated and hospital staff will working to remove the ventilator over the next day or so.

“Unbelievably there appears to be no broken bones but a severe concussion calls for us to keep our faith in God and the doctors hands as we pray that Matt will overcome,” Wilkins said. 

The incident is still under investigation.

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