Funeral service today for former judge killed in accident

Family and friends will gather today to pay respects to former chief district court judge Michael Sabiston of Troy, who died Fri., Aug. 2, in an accident at a race track in Kenly, N.C., near Wilson.

Judge Michael Sabiston was appointed to North Carolina's Judicial District 19B in 1992 and served as chief district court judge from 2009 until his retirement in 2012. (family photo from Pugh Funeral Home)

Judge Michael Sabiston was appointed to North Carolina’s Judicial District 19B in 1992 and served as chief district court judge from 2009 until his retirement in 2012. (family photo from Pugh Funeral Home)

Mike Sabiston was appointed to the bench in 1992 by then-Governor James G. Martin, and he was elected to five consecutive terms, serving Montgomery, Moore and Randolph Counties.

According to judgepedia.com, Sabiston was appointed chief district court judge on Jan. 1, 2009. He retired from the court at the end of August 2012.

A long-time car racing enthusiast, Sabiston was a sponsor and crew member for driver Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem. Sources say Sabiston was helping Ward’s team in Kenly Friday when he lost his balance on a car transporter and fell about 12 feet, sustaining head injuries.

Funeral services for Michael Sabiston are scheduled for 3 p.m. today at First Baptist Church, Troy, N.C.

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