North Carolina trucker struck and killed on I-95 shoulder

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A trucker from North Carolina was fatally struck and killed by another truck after he stopped on the shoulder of a Virginia interstate to check his vehicle.

Willie A. Ward, 40, of Middleton, N.C., was taken to Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, where he died from his injuries, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya.

According to police, the crash happened at around 1:20 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, near mile marker 11 on Interstate 95 in Greenfield County. Anaya said Ward stopped on the right shoulder of the highway and exited his 1996 Freightliner tractor-trailer to inspect the vehicle.

Moments later, a 2001 Ford box truck driven by another man ran off the road and struck Ward and his rig, sending both vehicles onto a nearby on-ramp. Anaya said the force of the impact caused the box truck to overturn.

The driver of the Ford truck, Paul E. Sharpless, 66, of Vero Beach, Fla., suffered minor injuries and refused treatment. Police said he was charged with reckless driving, and that the case was being presented to the commonwealth’s attorney's office.

Anaya said investigators are still trying to determine whether or not Ward’s truck was pulled completely off the road.

“That (information) will be part of the investigation, which isn’t currently complete yet,” she said.

“Land Line Now” news anchor Reed Black contributed to this report.

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