UPDATE: Motorcycle rider dies; deputy charged

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

A Virginia man has died after his motorcycle collided Monday with a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy cruiser.


The motorcycle rider, Thomas Varney of Virginia, died after being airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy Adam Lockner, 59, has been placed on paid administrative leave after being charged by the North Carolina Highway Patrol with death by motor vehicle and failure to yield the right-of-way.

The collision was reported at 3:54 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 17 and Shingletree Road in Carolina Shores, according to the highway patrol.

Lockner was responding to a domestic call when his cruiser collided with the motorcycle, according to sheriff’s spokesman Del Routh. Lockner was not injured.

Lockner has been employed by Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office since Oct. 5, 2009. He worked as a detention officer before being promoted to deputy in January 2011 for an annual salary of $33,583. On Sept. 3, Lockner received a salary increase of $647.46.