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Semi-truck hits man mowing lawn, house

Posted July 6, 2009

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— A semi-truck cab hit an elderly man who had just finished mowing his lawn and then plowed into a house along Luby Smith Road, off U.S. Highway 70, in Princeton Monday morning.

State troopers said William Godwin, 71, was standing partially in the road and blowing clippings in his yard. The truck hit him, and driver Theresa Morgan lost control and veered to the opposite side of the road. The truck knocked over a power pole and then slammed into the house at 389 Luby Smith Road, troopers said.

Paramedics transported Godwin to Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, where he was listed in critical condition.

No one was in the house when it was hit.

Troopers said an initial investigation appeared to indicate negligence on both parts, since Godwin was in the road and Morgan had enough time to react.

Troopers said they were talking to Morgan, who wasn't seriously hurt. She is an employee of K&E Farms in Princeton.

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  • greywolf30 Jul 6, 2009

    Such a tragic vent. My prayers go out to all involved!!

  • nandud Jul 6, 2009

    Hope the older gentleman will pull through. Also prayers to Ms. Morgan. It's not going to be easy for her.

  • clintoflannagan Jul 6, 2009

    This sounds horrible all around. I saw something similar happen in my neighborhood. A guy was blowing leaves off his driveway and apparently couldn't hear the car coming down the street. He stepped into the street from the end of his driveway right in front of the car. Luckily for him the car was able to miss him.

    Thoughts and prayers to all involved.

  • briteside Jul 6, 2009

    My prayers are going up for the family and truck driver. May God be with all of you during this time.

  • JoJo82 Jul 6, 2009

    my thoughts are with your family, lbnblakesmom. extremely tragic.

  • lbnblakesmom Jul 6, 2009

    This house belongs to my great uncle. It was his brother in law that was hit. Please pray for this family. There's been so much going on lately, and now this.