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Truck slams into tree, power pole in Garner

Posted May 8, 2008

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— A pickup truck slammed into a tree and a power pole early Thursday, authorities said.

Billy Ray Lichlyter was southbound on Old Stage Road at about 4:50 a.m. when he fell asleep, ran off the left side of the road near the intersection of Poplar Springs Church Road and struck a tree and a utility pole owned by Progress Energy, authorities said.

About 100 Progress Energy customers were without power as of 7:30 a.m.

Lichlyter was taken to WakeMed for treatment of minor injuries.

He was charged with reckless driving and driving left of center, authorities said.

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  • speedy May 8, 2008

    That's what happens when you fill up on ethanol!

  • KniftyKnitter May 8, 2008

    I'm surprised it wasn't one of those reckless SUVs! Those cars are always getting themselves into accidents!

  • tsquaring May 8, 2008

    Wow, the article states:

    "A pickup truck slammed into a tree and a power pole early Thursday. Sheriff’s officials said they believe alcohol was a factor."

    That truck must have had a lot to drink!

  • MaplesMom May 8, 2008

    I was one of those lucky people without power this morning. Strange feeling to wake with no alarm clock and see light outside- instant panic.