Monday August 11, 2003 -- Posted at 12:59 CDT
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. -- A prosecutor said today that a charge against a truck driver involved in a fatal accident last month has been dropped, but the state will investigate to see whether a more serious charge is appropriate.
Police say a 60-pound electrical component fell from a truck last month and hit an SUV, killing a Cave City teenager who was traveling on Interstate 40.
Gary Lee Summers, who drives for a Morrillton company, had been cited for failing to secure his load. A court hearing was scheduled for Johnson County Circuit Court today, but deputy prosecutor Bruce Wilson said the citation was dropped pending a further investigation. Prosecutors may consider upgraded charges.
The accident on July 25th killed Robert E. McCracken, who was 15. He was a member of the Mount Pleasant High School basketball team and the Future Farmers of America.
The accident occured in a construction zone, where eastbound and westbound traffic are separated only by a concrete barrier.