New Recruit Killed During Routine Traffic Stop in Knightdale

Concept photo: A police recruit died during a routine traffic stop in Knightdale

A new police recruit was killed during a routine traffic stop in Knightdale, North Carolina. The police dispatch in Knightdale received a call about an accident involving two of their own officers on October 17. The call came in at about 2:39 am. The crash scene was nearby, on Interstate 540 near mile marker 22.

Officer Ryan Hayworth and his training officer Cody Hagler were called to assist at an accident scene on the interstate. When they arrived, they found a disabled vehicle on the side of the road. The driver was Michael Melugin of Cary, North Carolina.

While waiting to assess the scene, a man driving a 2011 Mercedes Benz S550 smashed into the back of the officers’ vehicle. Preliminary reports indicate that he did not attempt to stop when he came upon the vehicle.

The impact of the crash was quite severe as the driver, Dedric Privette, also of Knightdale, was not able to stop. At the time of the crash, he was speeding and intoxicated. He was taken to the hospital along with the driver involved in the initial accident. Both were reported to have sustained serious injuries.

Ryan Hayworth, sadly, did not survive the crash and was pronounced dead at the crash. His training officer was transported to Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.

The investigation is still ongoing. However, the authorities did confirm that DUI charges are pending against Privette for causing the lethal accident during the traffic stop in Knightdale. He will probably also be charged with manslaughter or homicide by vehicle. Ryan Hayworth, just 23 years old, was the son of retired police chief Tim Hayworth.

The victim’s family will likely have a claim for wrongful death against the drunk driver. If your loved one is hurt or killed in a drunk driving accident, contact our office right away and speak with one of our experienced car accident attorneys in North Carolina


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