An off-duty Raleigh firefighter has passed away as a result of injuries he suffered when his car overturned in an Interstate 540 crash on January 3.
Lt. Herman Gregory Ellis was involved in a multi-car accident and he subsequently died at WakeMed Hospital. He was the sole occupant in his vehicle.
The wreck happened just after 1 p.m. on Six Forks Road near Interstate 540.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the 49-year-old Ellis veered out of his lane and struck two vehicles before his car went airborne. His vehicle then crashed into a third vehicle that had stopped in traffic.
Ellis’ colleagues in the Raleigh Fire Department were said to be shocked by what occurred.
No details have been released about why the firefighter veered out of his lane. However, the medical examiner’s office is trying to determine if a medical issue caused the Interstate 540 crash.
Ellis had been with the fire department for more than ten years. He was assigned to Ladder Company 8 and worked as an instructor in the Professional Development Division and Fire Academy.
The Raleigh Fire Fighters Professional Association described him as an old school fireman, great friend, and dedicated father. His colleagues added that he was soft-spoken, dedicated, and respected.
Timothy Caldwell, a senior firefighter, said Ellis had unmatched knowledge of his profession. He said last spoke to his colleague and friend on Friday.
Caldwell noted that although many officers didn’t get a chance to say goodbye, Ellis knew what he meant to the department.
On Monday, a convoy of fire engines and police vehicles escorted Ellis’ body to Lea Funeral Home.
If you lost a loved one in a crash you may be entitled to compensation. A North Carolina car accident attorney can help you to determine whether you can hold anyone liable for what happened.