COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A bridge in Whiteville cannot be named for a state trooper who was killed in October.
According to the News Reporter and the Tabor-Loris Tribune, the NC Department of Transportation said the US 701 overpass has been named for someone else.
On Nov. 19, Columbus County commissioners asked NCDOT to name the bridge for Trooper Kevin Conner, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in October.
In the News Reporter story, DOT District Engineer Ken Clark wrote that the family of Hezekiah Pridgen said it supports the idea of naming a bridge for Conner, just not the one named for Hezekiah, who donated the land on which the bridge sits.
“The Pridgen family is in full support of naming a bridge for Trooper Conner, but the naming opportunity for the US 74/US 701 bridge is already taken,” Clark wrote to Columbus County Commissioners Clerk June Hall. “While it would be a fitting honor to name a bridge in honor of Trooper Conner, the Commissioners will need to select a different bridge location in the resolution request.”
Clark went on to say the US 74/NC 242 bridge remains an option as a location to honor Conner.