Truck Driver Fatally Struck by Impaired Motorist After Rig Breaks Down
Union County, NC — A truck driver was tragically struck and killed by an impaired motorist along a North Carolina highway this week.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP), the deadly incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon on the shoulder of Highway 74.
Investigators said 53-year-old truck driver Stanley George Gumm Jr., of Salisbury, NC, was placing orange hazard cones behind his tractor-trailer after it became disabled when he was struck by a Toyota Camry.
Gumm was sadly pronounced dead on the scene.
NCHP indicated the driver of the Toyota, identified as Daniel Ray Thompson, ran off the road due to impairment.
Thompson was arrested and later charged with death by vehicle and driving while impaired, according to local outlet WBTV.
Photos courtesy Union County Sheriff’s Office and WBTV