Deputy's Patrol Car Slams Into Van, Killing Woman Inside

CRAVEN COUNTY - A volunteer with a local fire department was killed after a deputy rear-ended her van, authorities said.

Troopers said that Mildred Worley of Bridgeton was killed shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday. Trooper R.A. Woods said Worley was stopped in the left lane of Highway 70 West in Craven County. That's when Deputy Bradley Taber from Craven County rear-ended the van, Woods said.

Worley's van propelled forward and flipped. Investigators said she was ejected from the van where she later died. Deputy Taber was transported to a local hospital after sustaining minor injuries.

Worely was a volunteer with the Tri-Cities Volunteer Fire Department in New Bern since the beginning of 2011 and had volunteered with the Ladies Auxiliary and Boy Scouts.

Worley's family said that the volunteer firefighter had also been a volunteer school bus driver, and had driven Deputy Taber to school when he was a child.

The two were long-time family friends.

Amber Worley, the victim's daughter, said she holds no grudge against the man she grew up with and hopes he does not carry the guilt of the accident with him too heavily.

Troopers have yet to determine how fast Taber was driving his patrol car and if he will be charged. Deputy Taber is now at home and recovering from the crash.

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