Semi Flips on Deputy Cruiser, Driver Facing Charges

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MONROE, NC — The semi truck driver who killed a sheriff’s deputy has bonded out of jail. Investigators say Eddie Weeks faces a charge of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Sgt. Jeff Greene died just before 7:00 in the morning on Highway 74 and Sutherland Avenue in Monroe after Weeks’ semi crushed his cruiser in a rare accident.

“He was one of my best friends,” said Alan Burns. “That’s what makes it tough.”

Burns worked with Sgt. Greene at the Union County Sheriff’s Office. He heard about the crash, and says he immediately called his friend. No one answered.

“You want to think that it’s not them,” said Burns.

First responders pulled the driver out of the semi. They pulled the driver out of the car next to Sgt. Greene’s cruiser. However, they couldn’t save one of their own.

“He was often times the last man that left this office,” said Capt. Cody Luke. “And he was just a good man; he gave to the community.”

The former Airman and Marine joined the sheriff’s office ten years ago. He had two daughters, five grandchildren and a wife.

“They’re still in a state of shock themselves,” said Burns.

So are Sgt. Greene’s neighbors.

“That family was great,” said Ronnie Moses.

He has lived next door for a decade.

“When I got the call this morning, it was just, like, devastating to me.”

Sgt. Greene was known for giving back through numerous city charities. He was a member of the law enforcement motorcycle club. At the sheriff’s office, he oversaw sex offender registration.

“I’ll remember him as a professional, a proud former Airman and Marine,” said Burns. “He was very proud of that service, and he was very much a family man.”

He was the first Union County Sheriff’s Deputy to die in the line of duty.

Funeral services have not been set yet.