Rockingham, NC — A deadly accident in which an 18-wheeler allegedly ran a stop sign left one woman dead and several injured on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Holly Johnson, 26, was identified as the deceased woman and police said that her husband, two small children, and another relative were injured after their car was in an accident with Garland Newcomb’s 18-wheeler.

According to the reports, Newcomb failed to stop at a stop sign near Rockingham and crashed into the Johnson’s car, killing Holly immediately. The others were taken to a hospital with severe injuries, but their names and extended conditions haven’t been released.

It was determined that Newcomb was charged with reckless driving and misdemeanor death by vehicle.

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Now, from the ABC13 news reports that covered this accident, a commenter to the story claimed that the 18-wheeler driver was texting while driving. I don’t claim to know all the facts here, but if this is true then there may be more here than meets the eye. Frankly, a professionally-trained truck driver should know better than to run a stop sign, but should never be texting while operating a commercial vehicle – or any vehicle, for that matter. I have to call into question the integrity of a driver like this one and I hope that whatever investigation takes place here includes this truck driver, his past driving records, his training and qualifications, etc. Ultimately, this is going to come back on his employer, the trucking company who hired such a dangerous driver. There are varying opinions about truck drivers and trucking accidents, I realize, but what is it going to take before we’re willing to be aggressive with these types of accidents? This type of dangerous driving is exactly what needs to be punished, in my opinion.


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  1. I know this family and due to this driver two innocent very young children or scarred and now don’t even have there mother to comfort them. Their father tries but he will never be the same. Even the basic things in life he nows needs medical care for. This has really devestated a beautiful family and I hope this driver thinks of his reaction and the consequences he brought on to this family. He should not be allowed on the road ever again.

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