Lawmaker's brother killed in Spring Lake wreck
Posted November 7, 2011
Spring Lake, N.C. — The brother of state Rep. Marvin Lucas, D-Cumberland, died Monday morning when the tractor he was driving was hit by a tanker truck, authorities said.
Robert Cecil Lucas, 78, was pulling out of Deerfield Drive onto Bragg Boulevard when the southbound tanker hit his tractor from behind, authorities said.
Marvin Lucas said his older brother always drove the tractor from his home in the Deerfield subdivision to the family farm a half-mile away.
"I don't know what he intended to do this morning, but that's what he loved to do is piddle around on the farm," Lucas said.
"He'd go up there and grow veggies and fruit and everything," said Janice Lucas, Robert Lucas' wife. "He goes up there constantly on the tractor to mend the land."
Robert Lucas, a retired social worker, no longer had a driver's license, his relatives said.
Witnesses gave contradictory statements as to whether the driver of the tanker, Christopher Andrew Grindle, 39, or Robert Lucas went through a red light before the crash.
Spring Lake police said the crash remains under investigation.
The wreck closed southbound Bragg Boulevard for two hours, and authorities set up a detour using Nursery Road and Vass Road.