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Fatal deputy accident caused by overcorrecting

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Deputy Dewayne Charles Hester (Source: Bladen Co. Sheriff's Office) Deputy Dewayne Charles Hester (Source: Bladen Co. Sheriff's Office)
Funeral service for Deputy Dewayne Charles Hester. Funeral service for Deputy Dewayne Charles Hester.

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Officers with Elizabethtown Highway Patrol have wrapped up its investigation into the death of Deputy Dewayne Hester.

Hester, 39, died in a car crash earlier this month while responding to an assault with a deadly weapon call. He was in his patrol car at the time of the crash on NC 87 E and Allen Priest Road.

Findings in the investigation show Hester was driving about 90 mph and lost control of the car when he overcorrected and hit a tree.

There were no witnesses to the accident. According to investigators, a wildlife enforcement officer was driving by and spotted Hester's patrol car.

About 1,000 people attended funeral services for the deputy.

"Law enforcement, like you've heard, is a big family," said one fellow law enforcement member at the funeral. "Even if we don't know people on a personal level, we are all doing the same job and when someone dies it affects everyone."

Hester is survived by his wife and two children.

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