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Trucker charged after mother, daughter killed in Oxford crash

Posted May 18, 2015
Updated May 19, 2015

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— A truck driver was charged Monday afternoon after a mother and her daughter were killed in a morning crash near Oxford, authorities said.

A tractor-trailer operated by Michael L. Green was eastbound on U.S. Highway 158, also known as Oxford Loop Road, shortly after 10:30 a.m. when it ran a red light at N.C. Highway 96 and hit a southbound vehicle, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

After colliding with the car, the tractor-trailer struck a second passenger vehicle, which was traveling north on N.C. 96, authorities said. The tractor-trailer pushed the second vehicle several yards down the roadway before coming to a final rest on top of it, they said.

Lou Hedspeth Rawls and her daughter, Bobbi Wilson, who were the only occupants of the second vehicle, died at the scene. Wilson was the longtime clerk to the Granville County Board of Commissioners.

"Bobbi was somebody that would talk to you about anything. She was a friend, and if anything, she was a true friend," Commissioner Dave Currin said. "She cared about this county, and she was the queen of this county in some regards."

The driver of the first vehicle hit suffered minor injuries.

Green was arrested and charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and a stop light violation. He was given a $10,000 secured bond.

The truck is owned by ECMD Inc., a North Wilkesboro-based building products firm. The company issued a statement Tuesday offering condolences to Rawls' and Wilson's family and friends but declining further comment because officials don't know all the details of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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  • Sean Creasy May 19, 2015
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    We need a law that will prevent people like this from EVER being able to drive anything more than a moped in the US again...

  • Susan Mencer May 19, 2015
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    Truck drivers, for the most part, are careless. I have had an 18 wheeler on my "tail" more than once. I do not understand how there are no more deaths than there are.

  • Susan Mencer May 19, 2015
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    Truck drivers, for the most part, are careless. I have had an 18 wheeler on my "tail" more than once. I do not understand how there are no more deaths than there are.

  • Aanritsen Deur May 18, 2015
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    Oh God, that poor family. Thoughts and prayers going out to them.

  • Aanritsen Deur May 18, 2015
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    Sorry for the loved ones of the victims.

  • Jeff Abbott May 18, 2015
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    Wow, talk about being really bad at your job. Good luck getting another trucking job after this disaster.

  • Sammy Macloud May 18, 2015
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    Well, I'm guessing the driver is gonna face manslaughter charges at the very least, but since he ran a red light........

    Horrible accident. Condolences to the families and loved ones.