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Truck driver charged in fatal I-95 mower crash

Posted October 29, 2010
Updated November 1, 2010

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— The driver of a tractor-trailer has been charged in a Wednesday wreck that killed a man mowing grass on the median of Interstate 95, authorities said.

Luis Valdes, 65, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Valdes was northbound on I-95 in Cumberland County when his rig hit two safety vehicles with flashing warning arrows and went to the left of a third near the Newton Grove exit, authorities said.

The truck then crashed into a mower operated by John Glenn McLean, 47, of Erwin. McLean died at the scene.

State troopers still haven't determined what caused the truck to run off the road.

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  • james27613 Oct 29, 2010

    Unfortunate for Mr. McLean.

    I wonder if the driver was using his cell phone or texting?

  • liskm Oct 29, 2010

    Oops, there goes all the a squirrel scampered in front of the trucker theory. I'll give it to many of them, that seem to practice safe driving, but I have had many to scare the bejeebers out of me as well.
    Condolences to the family that lost their loved one.

  • rplain Oct 29, 2010

    I work in a company vehicle, and make many stops during the day. I've been so close to being hit too many times. I wish people would realize that driving is a privilege, and that you can NEVER take your attention off of it, even for a second. So sad for this family, my prayers to them as they heal.