Non CDL-holding driver cited in fatal wreck

| 3/7/2002

The driver of an improperly loaded truck that hit a West Dallas overpass and sent part of a forklift into a car, killing a longtime area radio personality, did not have a commercial drivers license, according to a published report. A grand jury will consider charges of negligent homicide.

Linden Berry, a driver for L & W Services (also doing business as Eagle Transport) of Kennedale, TX, was issued misdemeanor citations for exceeding height restrictions on his truck and for not having a CDL following Monday's accident on Interstate 30.

Berry's truck was traveling in the westbound lane of the highway when the forklift assembly he was transporting caught the top of the Fort Worth Avenue Bridge. The assembly was ripped off and struck an eastbound vehicle.

John LaBella, died instantly when his Mazda 626 was struck by the forklift's mast. LaBella had been a morning radio host in Dallas/Fort Worth for more than 20 years. Since late 1998, he had been host for soft-oldies station KMEO-FM (96.7) in Arlington.