February 5, 2013
ST. PAULS, NC - A Lumberton police detective has died of injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident on Sunday.
Duane Hunter, a detective and SWAT team leader for the Lumberton Police Department, suffered multiple injuries when he crashed on McRainey Road off of U.S. 301 near St. Pauls and died earlier today at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.
According to Trooper M.J. Miles of the state Highway Patrol, Hunter was driving a 2006 Harley Davidson westward at 12:28 p.m. when he went through a curve and exited the road to road, striking a sign warning eastbound motorists of the sharp curve. The motorcycle overturned and ejected Hunter, who was wearing a helmet.
"He almost made it through," said Miles, adding that the motorcycle struck the last of the series of signs warning of the curve.
Mile said that emergency personnel were performing CPR when he arrived. He said Hunter suffered "multi-system trauma."
He estimated Hunter was traveling 45 mph in a 55-mph zone.
Lumberton Police Chief Mike McNeill was among a delegation of police officers at the hospital this morning and could not be reached for comment.
The motorcycle, valued at $8,500, was destroyed.