A Burke County detention officer indicted after a fatal crash last month handed in her resignation Thursday morning.
Ginger Rae Laws, 32, was indicted Monday on a charge of involuntary manslaughter after a July 16 crash that killed Scottie Lee Hilton, of Lenoir, according to court documents filed in Caldwell County.
Master Trooper J.S. Swagger told The News Herald on Wednesday evening that Laws was distracted by an “electronic communication device,” like texting on a cellphone, at the time of the crash.
WSOC-TV initially reported that Hilton was walking in the grass along U.S. 321 South in Lenoir when he was hit and killed.
Laws, who had worked at Burke-Catawba Detention Confinement Facility since October 2010, handed in her resignation Thursday morning, said Maj. Billy Boughman, administrator at BCDCF.
She was an unsworn employee like the other employees at BCDCF. Her annual salary was $32,855, according to a previous News Herald article.
Boughman said Wednesday that Laws was a great employee.
“She’s been a great employee,” Boughman said. “I really hate for all this to happen to her.”