NCHP: Pedestrian hit and killed by trooper on I-85

A pedestrian was hit and killed by a trooper early Friday morning.

Around 1:30 a.m. 22 year-old Derrick Dion Mason was trying to cross I-85 northbound near Sugar Creek Road when he was hit by Trooper CD Montgomery's car, according to NC State Highway Patrol.

Mason was pronounced dead on scene. Highway patrol says Mason was dressed as a woman at the time of the incident and was believed to have been heading to an event or meeting up with people.

Trooper Montgomery has been placed on administrative duty, which NCHP says is standard protocol in critical incidents involving patrol members.

Authorities are continuing to investigate.