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Suspect in fatal Goldsboro wreck found dead

Posted July 9, 2010

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— The driver who allegedly caused a crash that killed two motorcyclists and seriously injured three others in 2009 was found dead at his home Friday, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

Billy Joe Fowler's wife found him on the floor of their home on Amy Court in Goldsboro before 6:30 a.m., Lt. Carl Lancaster said.

Deputies are investigating and Fowler's body was taken to the Wayne County medical examiner for an autopsy to determine how he died, Lancaster said.

Fowler, driving his truck on U.S. Highway 13, crossed the center line on April 18, 2009, and struck five of six motorcyclists in the other lane. Two of the motorcyclists – Charles Poe Jr., 59, of Greenville, and Lenwood Whitley, 57, of Chocowinity – were killed.

Troopers charged Fowler with driving while impaired, two counts of felony death by a motor vehicle, one count of felony serious injury and reckless driving.

The Wayne County district attorney dismissed the charges against Fowler upon learning of his death.


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  • sniperdiver Jul 9, 2010

    God works in mysterious ways.

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 9, 2010

    cgarris1955 I will be praying for you & your family. Hold your head up & stay strong.

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 9, 2010

    cgarris1955 I am so sorry for your loss, I will be praying for you & your family, I bet it did take your heart right out your chest. It is a hard thing to deal with. I agree fully what goes around comes around. I am so sorry that this could have happen to you & your family. I wish I could take the love one that you lost back. He sure did know his time was coming, it is just to bad he didn't get serious time for what he did, & have to suffer the way you & your family did.

  • cgarris1955 Jul 9, 2010

    My loved one was killed by Mr. Fowler. He took apart of our hearts away on that tragic day. Im not saying I am wishing death to anyone. But, what goes around comes around! He knew judement day was coming. It was all in gods hands.

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 9, 2010

    I really hope that they can get answers & the wife, & also the family. This must be a really hard time for them.

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 9, 2010

    This is a mess. No disrespect to anyone.