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  • shutterbug Apr 25, 2:55 p.m.

    He was somehow able to get a valid CDL after his arrest last week. From the Fayetteville Observer: "This month, Spell was charged with misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods. On April 17, the Highway Patrol stopped him while he was driving a truck and cited him for driving without a valid license.

    After he was cited, Spell obtained a commercial truck driving license, which was valid during the accident, according to the Highway Patrol."

  • LovemyPirates Apr 25, 2:53 p.m.

    School bus drivers will tell you people pass illegally all the time. It's a daily occurrence.

  • feistyredhead2001 Apr 25, 2:48 p.m.

    The heavens now have another beautiful angel, however... this should have never happened. I can not imagine how he will live with his self knowing what he did. Good bless her and pray for her family.

  • Bec0522 Apr 25, 2:40 p.m.

    what a beautiful little girl. Thinking of the family...

  • mojaintsmall Apr 24, 5:51 p.m.

    Accidents like this bring back memories for any that were ever affected by somebody getting runt over.

  • Kaitlyn Apr 24, 3:12 p.m.

    "@ kaitlyn This is a straight road for miles and miles. There is no way he could of missed the bus." - magon1162

    yes, that is what I said. And furthermore if they were both going in the same direction as it said in the article he would have seen it slow down with the abmers on before it stopped, and had plenty of time to stop himself. If he wanted to...

  • lobgill7 Apr 24, 2:47 p.m.

    This is truly sad. And all because of the sin of being a drunkard. Yet the ads for beer make it look like it is so much fun. Can hardly wait to see how the upcoming health care rationing will handle all of the alcoholics who are destroying not only their own lives, but the life of this young girl and the people that love her dearly.

  • Iwasasoldier4u Apr 24, 2:46 p.m.

    In jail, that is where he needs to stay, as far as I am concerned he should stay there for the same amount of time this sweet little girl is dead.

  • kimisufu Apr 24, 2:34 p.m.

    What a precious little girl :(

  • magon1162 Apr 24, 2:27 p.m.

    @ stumpy

    It was a log truck.

  • magon1162 Apr 24, 2:23 p.m.

    @ kaitlyn

    This is a straight road for miles and miles. There is no way he could of missed the bus.

  • Obamacare survives Apr 24, 2:23 p.m.

    "Ok WRAL, straighten this out. Are you talking about a white log truck, a white flatbed truck, or a white pickup?" - Stumpydindurham

    "Let me help you Stumpy. A child is dead because they were stuck by a moving vehicle that passed a stopped school bus. It could be a smart car for all intensive purposes. Either way, a child is dead due to another person's negligence and disregard for human life."

    GravyPig

    lol...this was posted while they were still searching for the truck and its driver.

  • magon1162 Apr 24, 2:18 p.m.

    My daughter went to school with this angel. I hate it everyday watching her get off the bus on Hwy 24. So many times I have seen drivers barrel through the bus drivers stopped arm and sign. This is not the bus drivers fault to anyone saying this. It's the truck driver and the company's fault. My heart goes out to this family, the bus driver, children, and the teachers. God rest her soul.

  • GravyPig Apr 24, 2:16 p.m.

    "Ok WRAL, straighten this out. Are you talking about a white log truck, a white flatbed truck, or a white pickup?" - Stumpydindurham

    Let me help you Stumpy. A child is dead because they were stuck by a moving vehicle that passed a stopped school bus. It could be a smart car for all intensive purposes. Either way, a child is dead due to another person's negligence and disregard for human life.

  • rcarroll Apr 24, 2:11 p.m.

    Why is he being charged with "Involuntary" manslauter? The sorry #$%^&* chose to drink and drive. He sould be charged with 1st degree murder with the death penalty, and I volunteer for the jury !!!

  • wife-of-a-concrete-man Apr 24, 2:09 p.m.

    " Dont blame the company for this mans actions! For all any of you know, he may have just lost his license within days of killing the child. Investigate then decide if such a call should be made for the company to be held responsible. He may have had his license and a perfect driving record at the time of hire. And even if the company did do an annual review, I'm sure it was not daily. That would be impossible expectaions of any company. "-- con-amor

    NOTHING of the sort Con. Not this time, unfortunately.... :(

  • SFSOLDIER Apr 24, 2:08 p.m.

    Slap his wrists and release him for good behavior. Isn't that how the Judges let these cases roll...

  • wife-of-a-concrete-man Apr 24, 2:06 p.m.

    Agreed Lambo. I think the whole rowdy crowd is related-- you know, them good ol' boys..... so Ricky Lucas didnt worry bout such things.

    I sure hope the invol. manslght.charge escalates, now that this fine citizen has been charged with DWI also!

    Sad sad sad. Prayers for the Morgan family

  • labs Apr 24, 2:06 p.m.

    Heartbreaking....(tears)

  • hollylama Apr 24, 1:56 p.m.

    "According to court records, he was arrested last week for driving without an operator's license."

    First degree murder!

  • tallsteve8609 Apr 24, 1:54 p.m.

    Involuntary manslaughter?? How about 2nd degree murder!

  • seankelly15 Apr 24, 1:51 p.m.

    rlee1117 - "The trucking company gave him the weapon to use did they not? I bet his family owned the trucking company?"

    And that will be the basis of the civil suit. All of the charges listed are based on vehicular laws. There cannot be an "accessory" to the violation of a vehicular law.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Apr 24, 1:50 p.m.

    Dont blame the company for this mans actions! For all any of you know, he may have just lost his license within days of killing the child. Investigate then decide if such a call should be made for the company to be held responsible. He may have had his license and a perfect driving record at the time of hire. And even if the company did do an annual review, I'm sure it was not daily. That would be impossible expectaions of any company.

  • Pepe Silvia Apr 24, 1:48 p.m.

    I'm very liberal, and a lot of people say that liberals don't like the death penalty (not necessarily true, its the fact that an innocent person may be killed and the enormous costs associated with it that most of us don't like) but in a case like this this I want nothing less for him, even though I know it won't happen.

  • jaydosse Apr 24, 1:47 p.m.

    If the judge treats this case like the ( "Ex-doctor convicted in DWI death gets work release, home visits" )case, then obviously Mr. Spell will be in for a free ride on the judicial system.

    After all, what is good for the Goose is good for the Gander!! Or is it??? When will the judicial system in this state wake up and start dishing out heavy sentences for these offenders???

    May God bless that little Angel and comfort her loved ones in their time of grief.

  • brassy Apr 24, 1:47 p.m.

    Is he going to get weekends off from jail too?

  • Lamborghini Mercy Apr 24, 1:42 p.m.

    wife-of-a-concrete-man - Bad thing is if the family does sue Ricky Lucas Trucking-- they'll get nothing but more heartache-- this "company" doesn't have anything to sue for--

    Perhaps he should have thought about liability before allowing this guy to represent his company. The driver was arrested last week for driving without an operator's license turns around this week and passes a stopped bus, drunk, hitting and killing a child, and kept going.

  • Obamacare survives Apr 24, 1:39 p.m.

    "No way this was the driver's fault." werrewolfwoman

    Of course it was the driver's fault, he's the one who ran her over. Who's fault do you think it was? I'd love to hear this.

  • rlee1117 Apr 24, 1:36 p.m.

    babedan - "The owner of the company should be held as an accessory to murder especially if he knew this man didn't have a license to drive."

    You are confusing civil and criminal law.

    seankelly15

    The trucking company gave him the weapon to use did they not? I bet his family owned the trucking company?

  • Lamborghini Mercy Apr 24, 1:35 p.m.

    This guy did everything WRONG. I really hope the judge throws the book at him.

  • wife-of-a-concrete-man Apr 24, 1:33 p.m.

    Bad thing is if the family does sue Ricky Lucas Trucking-- they'll get nothing but more heartache-- this "company" doesnt have anything to sue for-- Ricky Lucas lives in a trailer in Sampson County-- he MIGHT have 2 trucks-- this is not a corporation with tons of revenue.

  • dewpac1 Apr 24, 1:32 p.m.

    A beautiful little girl! I guess the driver and the trucking company are proud of themselves.I hope the trucking company has a lot of liability insurance because they are going to need it!

  • we2lambs Apr 24, 1:31 p.m.

    There were about 20 students on the bus. The mom and bus driver saw her being hit. Don't think the bus driver could finish her route after this

  • pinehorse Apr 24, 1:31 p.m.

    Brakes? Who cares what the excuse is. This guy passes a stopped school bus, runs over a child, and KEEPS ON DRIVING? I suppose someone would argue that he didn't know what he did. Yeah right.

  • lisa4 Apr 24, 1:28 p.m.

    AMEN AirBorne Daddy!!!!!!!!!!!! I AGREE!!!!

    Raise the bond!!!!

  • seankelly15 Apr 24, 1:26 p.m.

    babedan - "The owner of the company should be held as an accessory to murder especially if he knew this man didn't have a license to drive."

    You are confusing civil and criminal law.

  • NoObamaCare Apr 24, 1:09 p.m.

    I would sue the Trucking Company for allowing this guy to drive their trucks with no valid operator's license! They should be just as liable! Had they not allowed him to get behind the wheel, perhaps this precious little girl would be sitting in the classroom right now!

  • clinton28328 Apr 24, 1:08 p.m.

    While I agree that the trucking company should not be held to the SAME charges I think they will be charged with something. If he was arrested last week for no operators license then the company could not allow him to continue to drive for them. Not only did he not have a license AT ALL he definetly did not have a CDL license to drive a semi.

  • froggygirl Apr 24, 1:06 p.m.

    Good luck with collecting from the trucking company. Some of these shifty companies shed liability by declaring bankruptcy, going out of business, and reforming under another name.

  • werrewolfwoman Apr 24, 1:06 p.m.

    No way this was the driver's fault. A stopped school bus with lights flashing and the arm out should be sufficient to stop anyone. That's why it is a felony to pass one. $200,000 bond is not enough; it should be $2,000,000.

  • Deb1003 Apr 24, 1:03 p.m.

    How many children were on the bus when this happened? How many young children witnessed her being run down? I feel sorry for all of them.

  • umop apisdn Apr 24, 12:59 p.m.

    I wonder if he'll get work release and weekends off.

  • bombayrunner Apr 24, 12:56 p.m.

    worst tradgedy of the year, IF it were so un-remorseful as it sounds.

  • inclusion7 Apr 24, 12:52 p.m.

    Sorry 678Devilish, I disagree. The employee was obviously incompetent/irresponsible. The company probably kept him on because he was cheap. The best way to nip this in the bud is to go after the company and force other companies in the future to hold their drivers to higher standards.

  • OneLove Apr 24, 12:50 p.m.

    THE ONE CHARGED IS THE ONE AT FAULT! "WHY" even consider another party? All would have been well if it weren't for HIM. Condolences to the family/school/community. Its HIGH TIME an example was made out of SOMEONE WHO PASSES A STOPPED SCHOOLBUS!

  • rlee1117 Apr 24, 12:46 p.m.

    It will be fine he will get home visits and only be in for 3 years time. Too many loop holes!!!!!!

  • Hans Apr 24, 12:45 p.m.

    "Had he not been impaired, this tragedy would never have happen. He would have had a clearer mind to know what to do and how to react." - 678devilish

    April 24, 2013 12:15 p.m.

    You don't know that.

  • 678devilish Apr 24, 12:45 p.m.

    log truck with known brake problems

    If a company or the driver knows they have brake problems, why in the world don't they get that fix. Its like waiting for a tragedy to happen. Companies you can do better to make it safer for anyone driving your vehicles/trucks.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 24, 12:42 p.m.

    Let's see if this blue-collar trucker gets only 4 years on jail, and after serving just a couple, gets work release and 48-hour weekend furloughs home with his wife...like this white-collar doctor: http://www.wral.com/ex-doctor-convicted-in-dwi-death-gets-work-release-home-visits/12373567/

  • unpublished_1 Apr 24, 12:39 p.m.

    Charged with DWI. Was his bond raised? Has the WEAK Involuntary Manslaughter charged been upgraded to MURDER, which is what he done to that lil angel? Sampson County, DON'T DROP THE BALL ON THIS ONE!!!!

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