LUMBERTON — The state Highway Patrol says it needs the public’s help in finding a hit-and-run driver whose vehicle struck and killed a former Parkton firefighter on Monday.
Ronald Reed Jr., 31, was killed while walking on Cumberland Road near Boone Trail at about 10 p.m., according to a post on the Highway Patrol’s Facebook.
“He will be well-missed by his brothers and sisters at the fire department. He was a very great asset to our Fire Department,” Fire Chief Rodney Drake said in a statement.
According to the Highway Patrol, a small piece of chrome trim was found nearby, but no witnesses or a suspect vehicle have been identified.
Richard Edge, the assistant fire chief for the Parkton Volunteer Fire Department, said he learned about the wreck from someone at the Cumberland Road Fire Department, which is near where the accident occurred, early this morning. Highway Patrol will be reviewing security footage there.
Reed, who was known as “Hollywood,” had worked with the department for several years and had recently taken some time off.
“He just walked in and said everybody calls me ‘Hollywood.’ We didn’t ever call him Ronald,” Edge said. “He was very good in the community and he was a very good firefighter.”
Anyone with information should call the Fayetteville State Highway Patrol office at 910-486-1334.