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Speeding crackdown in Spring Lake can't prevent fatal wreck

Posted October 11, 2011

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— Police said Tuesday that they have charged a dump truck driver in connection with a wreck in Spring Lake last week that killed a mother.

The fatal collision was the latest incident in which construction vehicles were found to be speeding through town, Spring Lake Police Chief Troy McDuffie said.

"They drive pretty fast – faster than the speed limit," local resident Hannah Kroll said. "It’s caused a lot of us to kind of question why they’re driving that fast."

Trucks for R.E. Goodson Construction, a Darlington, S.C.-based firm that is building a bridge on the Interstate 295 Fayetteville Loop, barrel up Bragg Boulevard and N.C. Highway 210 to a quarry north of Spring Lake, McDuffie said.

On Oct. 3, a dump truck driven by Cleveland Glenn was speeding north on N.C. 210 and slammed into Toyota Sienna minivan that was leaving the Cedar Wood Shopping Center, police said. The dump truck then hit a BMW waiting at the stop light, and the impact pushed the BMW into the path of an Oldsmobile Alero, police said.

The driver of the Sienna minivan, Lashanda Denise Mann-Pendergraft, 35, of Cameron, died of her injuries, police said. Four children in the minivan were treated at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and released.

R.E. Goodson Construction dump truck Police: Firm has been warned about speeding drivers

No other injuries were reported.

Glenn, 57, of 1004 Sanderfer Road in Bunnlevel, was charged late Monday with misdemeanor death by vehicle, failure to stop for a red light, failure to reduce speed and careless and reckless driving. He was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

"Before this incident, we had strict enforcement," McDuffie said, noting that his officers and North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers have ticketed several of Goodson's drivers and have warned the company about the speed at which the trucks cut through Spring Lake.

Goodson officials couldn't be reached Tuesday for comment.

Kroll said she hopes the company gets the message that its drivers need to exercise more caution with the traffic in the area.

"Spring Lake is a busy area. Fayetteville is a busy area. We have a lot of pedestrians here," she said.


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  • tammygirl19 Oct 13, 2011

    This man has no idea who he took from us. Lashanda was a great mother, wife, sister and friend. I sincerely hope and pray that something is done about those trucks. I am praying for the man that hit her because despite our loss, I know he is devastated right now. We all know he did not mean to take her from us. I just truly hope that something is learned from all this

  • cbrittian2006 Oct 12, 2011

    LaShanda was my best friend for the last 34 years. This particular accident could have very well been prevented with just a few seconds of common sense instead of the sudden decision of the driver continuing on at a high rate of speed, with a full load of gravel, trying to make the light after it had turned red. Today, and for the rest of our days, we are left to mourn our loss of and live without a very special person based on the driver's decision. I am hurt, sad, and very angry that this company has been allowed to continue working, citations & all. This is a WAKE UP CALL to all drivers, commercial and otherwise...pay attention while under the wheel...because the next driver may not be. I pray that no other family has to go through what we are going through. Rest In Peace My Sister...

  • Red Green Oct 12, 2011

    "What you evidently have never noticed, is very few dump trucks have a licence plate visible from the rear in NC." - ConcernedNCC

    If owners of these trucks start paying more in fines for obstructed plates maybe they will start keeping them clean. That's what we supposedly have law "enforcement" for.

  • btneast Oct 12, 2011

    Why is killing someone in a scenario such as this a MISDEMEANOR? THAT is the crime right there. It was murder, plain and simple.

    ,,,you should educate yourself on the definition of murder. It's real easy to look up online. Just because someone was killed needlessly does not mean it was murder.

  • ConcernedNCC Oct 12, 2011

    fayncmike: What you evidently have never noticed, is very few dump trucks have a licence plate visible from the rear in NC.

  • Wendellcatlover Oct 12, 2011

    It sounds to me that Goodson has received enough warnings. Start fining the mess out of them! Is the almighty dollar worth a person's life? And please, $5000 bond is a joke. He's probably already out and speeding along those very same roads again. Poor children now get to grow up without their mom.

  • Red Green Oct 12, 2011

    "People in these lil cars and trucks need to remember that big trucks cannot stop on a dime!" - EMAGAS77

    Uhh He hit someone at a red light, killed them, hit a BMW and sent it into the path of another car. What part of that scenario do you not get?

  • fayncmike Oct 12, 2011

    "Dump truck and semi drivers have no care who they put in danger when they drive recklessly on our streets. They should all have visible ID so we can report them when they are being a menace on the road.

    That's a GREAT idea. We could call it a license plate or something like that.

  • fayncmike Oct 12, 2011

    "They drive pretty fast – faster than the speed limit," local resident Hannah Kroll said. "It’s caused a lot of us to kind of question why they’re driving that fast."

    Most likely to try to make up time wasted due to being stuck behind the natives that don't know anything but to drive 20mph below the speed limit AND can't keep to the right. They think the passing lane is the only lane there is.

  • btneast Oct 12, 2011

    This bond is way too light for murder.

    Perhaps because it isn't murder as defined by statute?