ROWAN COUNTY, NC (FOX 46) - A man is dead after being hit by a deputy's car Tuesday night in Rowan County, according to North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
The man has been identified as Jose Antero Rodriguez, 31, of Salisbury.
The incident happened about 10:04 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 on Highway 1526, Rowan Mill Road, near the intersection with Foxfire Drive.
Investigators say the deputy, identified as Deputy James Corriher, was in his assigned car heading east when he hit and killed the 31-year-old Hispanic man who was walking. Troopers say they believe the man was walking in the eastbound lane of the road.
The deputy was coming home from mandatory training when the accident happened, according to Capt. John Sifford with the Rowan County Sheriff's Office
FOX 46 Charlotte learned Deputy Corriher has been placed on administrative leave and was just recently been hired at the RCSO after having worked the past one year and seven months as an officer at the China Grove Police Department.
Maria Majette lives nearby where the accident occurred. She said it’s not uncommon to see people walking, even jogging along the narrow two-lane road.
“Usually they walk on the grass, very close to the grass to avoid being on the road from what I have seen. I personally wouldn’t walk because I’m used to big sidewalks, but overall I’ve never seen anything like this or heard such a thing,” she said.
No charges have been filed at this time. The damage to the deputy's car was about $1,500, according to state highway patrol.
Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten calls this "an unfortunate accident." North Carolina State Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.