Pinetops defends decision to rename street honoring fallen deputy

PINETOPS, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina town is defending itself after it changed the name of a street honoring a fallen deputy.

Last week, WITN reported that Pinetops changed the name of Deputy David Sean Manning Street back to First Street.

Manning was killed in a chase with a suspected drunk driver back on March 11, 2018. The town changed the name of the street three months later.

Dashina Manning, the deputy’s mother, said the town never contacted the family about changing the name back to First Street.

The town says when the street name originally happened, the town didn’t hold a public hearing nor did it contact those who lived on the street for input. Afterward, Pinetops says residents started complaining that they were having mail delivery problems.

Since then, Pinetops says it adopted a policy on renaming streets and residents followed it in getting the name changed back. No one spoke out in opposition to the change during a public hearing, according to the town.