BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A day after allegedly causing a fatal accident, a Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy is temporarily off the job.
Dep. Adam Locker was on duty when troopers say he turned in front of a motorcyclist on US 17 near Calabash.
A small bouquet of flowers and a bloody cloth are small mementos that signify something bad happened at the intersection where Thomas Varney, 57, died Monday. He was riding his Harley-Davidson on US 17, when troopers say Dep. Lockner turned in front of him while responding to a domestic call.
“When he took that left off 17 North, he cut across 17 South and didn’t see the motorcycle,” Tpr. J. Thomas, who is handling the investigation said.
Varney was from Virginia. He and his wife were on vacation in North Myrtle Beach, SC.
Investigators say Varney had ridden to Beach House Harley-Davidson in Brunswick County, but the the store was closed. He was on his way back to South Carolina when the accident happened.
EMS airlifted Varney to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, where he died.
“I can tell you alcohol has all been ruled out,” Tpr. Thomas said. “He was tested at the scene, just as normal procedure would be. At this point, alcohol is not believed to be any type of contributing factor.”
Highway Patrol charged Lockner with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to yield. The highway patrol reconstruction unit will investigate Wednesday.
Dep. Lockner has been with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office since October 2009. He is currently on paid administrative leave.