Police officer hit, killed by car while investigating crash

North Carolina authorities say a police officer has been fatally struck by a vehicle while investigating a car crash.

News outlets report Lumberton police Officer Jason Quick died at a hospital after he was hit Saturday morning on Interstate 95. A police statement says the 31-year-old joined the department last year.

State Public Safety Department spokesman Sgt. Michael Baker says Quick was trying to walk across the highway when a passing car struck him.

Authorities say 24-year-old Kadejera Inman was driving the car that hit Quick. The State Highway Patrol and Robeson County District Attorney’s Office are investigating.

Quick was the eighth North Carolina officer killed in action this year, and the sixth to die from a car crash. Quick is survived by his wife, Lea Quick, and two young children.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.