Funeral Held For Asheville Police Officer Who Went Off Bridge

12:28 PM, Nov 4, 2013   |    comments
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Members of the Swannanoa Fire Department set up a flag between two firetrucks for the Rob Bingaman funeral procession to pass under on the way to the Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. / Erin Brethauer

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (ACT) -- The funeral procession for Asheville police officer Rob Bingaman, who died in an accident in his patrol car last week, as expected created traffic problems, but the procession reached the cemetery in Black Mountain just before noon.

The service was at 10 a.m. at Biltmore Baptist Church on Clayton Road. Interment is at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

Traffic congestion at the close of the ceremony should not be a problem.

The escort route from the church to the cemetery was Clayton Road to Long Shoals Road to Interstate 26 West to I-40 East to exit 59. The funeral procession then exited left and proceed to U.S. 70 East to Grovestone Road to Old U.S. 70 to the cemetery, Asheville police Sgt. Dave Romick said.

Officers closed off the roads as the procession moved along.

Deputies with the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office will answer calls for service in the city during the funeral and burial.

"The City of Asheville Police Department will be assisted by the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office to ensure that all Asheville Police Department personnel are relieved of duty allowing all members of the department to pay respects to their fallen friend, brother and colleague," Romick said.

Bingaman, 37, was headed west on Interstate 240 on Tuesday when he lost control of his cruiser and it plunged off the Jeff Bowen Bridge.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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