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Candlelight memorial service to mark anniversary of Asheville police officer's death


ASHEVILLE, North Carolina — The Asheville Police Department is holding a service to remember an officer killed in a car crash exactly one year ago.

A news release says a candlelight memorial service for Senior Police Officer Robert Bingaman is scheduled for Wednesday at the Buncombe County Judicial Complex Courtyard.

Police Chief William Anderson said Bingaman died when his car ran off a bridge on Interstate 240 on Oct. 29, 2013. Bingaman was transported to Mission Hospital and was pronounced dead shortly after.

No one else was hurt.

An investigation by the N.C. Highway Patrol determined that Bingaman was speeding and wasn't wearing his seatbelt.

Bingaman was a six-year veteran of the police force and the first Asheville officer killed in the line of duty in 41 years.

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