GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – We continue to cover the death of a Pitt County Attorney running for a District Court Judge position. Highway Patrol says Earl T. Brown died in a single car accident Saturday afternoon.
“Just within a twinkle of an eye, life changes forever,” said Nikki Williams Miller.
A friend of Brown for over 30 years says she’ll never forget the last time she saw him.
Miller said, “He came up behind me grabbed me behind and gave me a big hug, and I looked over my shoulder and I said hey cuz, as we affectionately called each other.”
Both Brown and Miller attended an annual Black History Celebration at their church Saturday. She says soon after that. She received a call that brown had died in a car accident as he was driving home from visiting his mother.
“Phone calls just came in, just totally unbelievable,” Miller said.
Troopers say Brown was driving on NC-33 around 1:45 when he drove into a concrete bridge rail. Troopers say Brown died at the scene.
“I was numb when I got the news, I was heartbroken and I was hoping it was a mistake,” said Peter Romary.
The community has shown support to Brown’s family and friends. On Facebook, hundreds posted how thankful they were for him. Flowers and notes stand in front of his office door.
Romary explained, “He was larger than life; he lit up a room. He would greet anybody.”
Friends say he’ll be remembered for his smile, and how he touched so many lives.
“There are so many lawyers who Earl impacted, there are a lot of kids who he impacted, and lives all in a positive way.”
“If I could say one thing to Earl today, it would be thank you for how you lived your life to the fullest every day, no matter how difficult life was, you always had a smile, and you always made a room light up.”
Troopers say the investigation is still ongoing. No funeral arrangements have been made at this time.