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Trucker in I-85 Fatal Accident To Plead Not...

Posted October 7, 1996 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A truck driver involved in an accident that killed eight people was too emotionally distraught and physically injured to appear in court Monday, his attorney said, and a Nov. 18 court date has been set.

On Aug. 23, a tractor trailer driven by Essau Dixon slammed into several vehicles that had slowed for a construction zone on Interstate 85 north of Durham.

Six people died that night, two others died later in hospitals. Dixon is charged with six counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, and he likely will face two additional charges.

Dixon's attorney, Tom Loflin, says his client has suffered from unfair and inaccurate reporting.

Loflin says the truck's on-board computer showed that Dixon was traveling 56 mph just before the accident.

Mildred Robert-Davis' son, Kenneth, died eight days after the accident. She says she feels the driver did something wrong.

Kenneth Davis' wife and son also were injured in the accident that took They have recovered.