Rocky Mount, N.C. — A 16-year-old Nash County girl faces charges in connection with a wreck last week that killed a Rocky Mount truck driver.
Jordan Anne Thomas, of 208 Regency Drive, Nashville, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to yield in the June 10 death of David Warren Stone.
Stone, 71, was hauling building materials on U.S. Highway 301 Bypass in Rocky Mount when, according to a police report, Thomas entered the intersection to make a right turn and was hit by Stone's tractor-trailer. He then crashed into a bridge railing, which sent the truck cab over a bridge and into a rain-swollen creek.
The wreck report also shows that Stone was going the speed limit at the time and that Thomas had a teen passenger in her car.
"(We) are very, very sorry for what happened," Jordan Thomas' father, Eddie Thomas, said Wednesday. "It's been extremely tough on all of us and for Jordan."
Eddie Thomas said his family has been praying for the Stone family and called Stone a hero for his actions.
"He sacrificed himself to avoid hitting my daughter," he said. "Had he not done what he did, my daughter would have lost her life."
Jordan Thomas is a rising junior at Nash Central High School. A neighbor described her as a sweet girl who has been "devastated" by what happened.
A Stone family member said she and her family attended Stone's funeral Saturday and expressed sympathy for the wreck and that the family was very appreciative.
Stone was a 22-year veteran trucker for Estes Express Lines, family members said, and loved to play guitar and sing.
He leaves behind a wife, two sons and a grandson, in addition to several other family members.