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Hero Down: Rowan County Detention Deputy Kara Alsup Dies After Crash

Charlotte, NC – Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officer Kara Alsup died on Dec. 12, due to injuries she suffered in a vehicle crash three days prior.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP), the 25-year-old detention officer had just finished her night shift at 6 a.m. on Dec. 9 and was driving her Toyota Corolla southbound on Interstate 85, when a red dump truck sideswiped her, KTVB reported.

Detention Officer Alsup pulled her vehicle onto the left shoulder of the interstate, as did the driver of the dump truck.

A short while later, a pickup truck traveling in the left lane slammed into the back of her parked car at approximately 60 miles per hour, according to the NCHP.

Detention Officer Alsup was rushed to a Charlotte hospital in critical condition, KTVB reported.

She succumbed to her injuries on Dec. 12.

The driver of the red dump truck sped away after the second collision, and troopers are still searching for that suspect, KTVB reported.

The driver of the pickup truck was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and reckless driving.

The NCHP’s investigation into the fatal collision remains ongoing.

Detention Officer Alsup joined the RCSO on June 18, the department said in a statement to WJZY.

“Please keep the family of Officer Kara Alsup in your thoughts and prayers,” the department asked.

Detention Officer Alsup leaves behind her girlfriend, parents, grandparents, great-grandmother, niece, nephew, aunts, and uncles, according to her obituary.

She will be laid to rest on Friday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officer Kara Alsup, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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