ROCKINGHAM — Anson County commissioner Vancine Sturdivant was airlifted to a hospital early Thursday morning following an accident that left one man dead.
Robert Little Jr., 66, of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, died after his vehicle — going the wrong way on Exit 306, off of U.S. Highway 74 East just outside Rockingham — struck Sturdivant’s car around 8:40 a.m., according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Little was pronounced dead at the scene. Sturdivant, 63, was airlifted to a medical facility.
Little’s 2009 Lexus sustained an estimated $10,000 in damage while Sturdivant’s 2008 Cadillac had about $15,000 in damage.
Sturdivant represents Lilesville on the Anson County Board of Commissioners. She was first appointed to replace former commissioner Claude Spencer on May 1, 2012 after Spencer died, according to Marina Adams, assistant to county manager Megan Garner. Sturdivant was later elected to the board in December 2014.
She also leads the Anson County Democratic Party as its chairwoman.
Sturdivant has headed Anson County Toys for Tots since beginning it in 2011 and leads the Faith-Based Center of Hope.
Congressman Robert Pittenger, R-Charlotte, released a statement about the accident on Facebook and via email on Friday.
“This morning, I was horrified to learn of Commissioner Sturdivant’s serious crash,” he wrote. “Through her service on the Anson County Commission, her active volunteer efforts with Anson County Schools, and her countless, quiet acts of kindness, Ms. Sturdivant has made a huge impact on our community. We are praying for a speedy and full recovery.”
Garner visited Sturdivant at the hospital on Thursday.
“She said she was in high spirits,” Adams said.
First Sgt. Joheliah Wilson with the North Carolina Highway Patrol was the first to respond to the scene, according to a representative with the district patrol office. Trooper Erik Johnson is heading the investigation. Johnson is from Anson County and graduated from the 140th Basic Patrol School on Nov. 18, 2016 following 15 weeks of training and serves in Richmond County, according to a release from the Highway Patrol last fall.
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