A man died Sunday here after losing control and hitting a ditch along N.C. 34.

Tobe Antonio Ruffin, 29, was driving a Chrysler sedan about 2:30 p.m. Sunday heading east when crossed the center line, over corrected, ran off the road and hit a ditch, according to a release from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Ruffin lost control in a curve on a wet road following a rain storm. No other vehicles were involved and Ruffin was alone.

He was a former deputy with the Gates County Sheriff’s Office.

Jeff Hampton, 252-491-5272,


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