Authorities: NC deputy hits child on bike

Reported by Kristy Ondo – bio|email

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Division of Professional Standards are investigating an incident involving a deputy and a teenager on a bicycle.

According to the sheriff's office, Deputy Andrew Lentz was on duty and driving a county vehicle when he collided with 14-year-old Andrew Walton, who was on a bike, Wednesday night.

A friend of the victim was with Walton at the time of the accident and said the two were hanging out at his house on Danford Road near Huron Lane.

The friend said Walton dropped his cell phone in the middle of the road while he was riding his bike.  That's when he saw a deputy coming from the opposite direction, heading straight towards Walton.

According to Walton's friend, the deputy was not speeding and swerved in an effort to avoid hitting the teenager.  Walton also tried to avoid the vehicle, but they ultimately collided.

Walton was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and released with no serious injury.  His father said he is at home with a concussion but has no broken bones.

Deputy Lentz was treated and released from Dosher Memorial Hospital.

No charges have been filed.  The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is conducting an internal investigation and has found that Deputy Lentz did nothing wrong.

WECT's Kristy Ondo is going to talk to Andrew Walton about what happened.  She'll have that report tonight on WECT News at 5:00.

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