REGION: Concord man ID’d as motorist in floodwater incident

Published 5:19 pm Friday, May 1, 2020

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At 3:13 p.m. on April 30, the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a vehicle trapped in floodwaters near the intersection of Miami Church Road and Barrier-Georgeville Road in Cabarrus County.

Upon arrival, crews found a silver Mercedes-Benz in the flood waters of Dutch-Buffalo Creek, with one person in the driver’s seat. The vehicle was floating downstream from the roadway.

Due to the swiftness of the water, emergency personnel were unable to pull the vehicle from the water before it became completely submerged.

Multiple rescue crews then began recovery efforts.

At 5:24 p.m. the body of the driver was recovered and determined to be Roger Armistead, 82, of Concord. He was the vehicle’s lone occupant.

Investigators determined that Armistead bypassed N.C. Department of Transportation barricades that indicated the roadway was closed due to heavy rainfall earlier in the day.

The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, Georgeville Fire Department, Concord Fire Department, Cabarrus County EMS, Charlotte Fire Department Dive Team, Cabarrus County Squad 410 and Midland, Allen and West Stanly fire departments all assisted in the operation.