Laurinburg trucker charged in fatal accident

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RALEIGH — A Laurinburg truck driver has been charged with causing a fatal wreck last week on U.S. 1 south of Wake Forest, the state Highway Patrol said.

Donald Wayne Caulder, 29, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failing to reduce speed in the March 22 crash that killed Michelle Simone Barlow, a Highway Patrol release said.

Caulder was arrested Tuesday in Scotland County by the state Highway Patrol and released under a written promise to appear in Wake County District Court on June 28, according to Lt. Jeff Gordon, a Highway Patrol spokesman.

The Highway Patrol said Caulder was driving a Freightliner dump truck that was towing a Bobcat northbound on U.S. 1 on March 22 when it rear ended a Toyota Sienna minivan driven by Michelle Simone Barlow, 42, of Wake Forest. The collision pushed Barlow’s minivan into the rear of a tractor-trailer truck driven by Marvin Douglas Erb, 49, of Danville, Va.

The minivan was crushed.

Investigators believe Barlow was stopped or slowing down when her vehicle was hit, the release said.

The impact from Caulder’s vehicle pushed the van into the rear of a 2011 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Marvin Douglas Erb, 49, of Danville, Virginia.

The tractor-trailer then struck the back of a 2015 Honda driven by Timothy Peter Ligowski, 49, of Wake Forest.

Caulder and Erb were taken to Wake Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Honda was not injured.

According to his criminal record, Caulder has been convicted of driving without a license, but seven of the eight violations were dismissed. He also has two pending drug charges in Moore County.

Barlow taught English at Wake Forest High School.

A GoFundMe online fundraising page created in Barlow’s honor had raised more than $10,000.

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