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Suspect in fatal Goldsboro wreck found dead

Posted July 9, 2010 5:30 p.m. EDT
Updated July 9, 2010 5:47 p.m. EDT

— The driver who allegedly caused a crash that killed two motorcyclists and seriously injured three others in 2009 was found dead at his home Friday, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

Billy Joe Fowler's wife found him on the floor of their home on Amy Court in Goldsboro before 6:30 a.m., Lt. Carl Lancaster said.

Deputies are investigating and Fowler's body was taken to the Wayne County medical examiner for an autopsy to determine how he died, Lancaster said.

Fowler, driving his truck on U.S. Highway 13, crossed the center line on April 18, 2009, and struck five of six motorcyclists in the other lane. Two of the motorcyclists – Charles Poe Jr., 59, of Greenville, and Lenwood Whitley, 57, of Chocowinity – were killed.

Troopers charged Fowler with driving while impaired, two counts of felony death by a motor vehicle, one count of felony serious injury and reckless driving.

The Wayne County district attorney dismissed the charges against Fowler upon learning of his death.