WILKES COUNTY, N.C. -- Highway Patrol says a pedestrian died after being hit by a state trooper's patrol car Thursday.

The accident happened on NC-18 in Wilkes County.

Highway Patrol identified the trooper as J.L. Millsaps, an 11-month veteran, assigned to Troop F which covers Wilkes County.

Trooper Millsaps has been placed on administrative duty pending the ongoing investigation.

The SBI is investigating which is standard protocol. The Highway Patrol says it is conducting its own internal investigation as well.

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