Truck company owner gets probation in rock death

The Associated Press

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MARION — The owner of a North Carolina trucking company has been given a suspended jail sentence and probation after a large rock fell out of one of his trucks and killed a Spartanburg, South Carolina, man driving on U.S. 221 in McDowell County.

The McDowell News reports a judge reduced 44-year-old Patrick Burleson’s charge to aiding and abetting reckless driving. He was given a 45-day suspended jail sentence and a year of unsupervised probation.

Authorities say 62-year-old Douglas Mahan was killed last year when a large rock fell from a truck owned by Todd Burleson Trucking and crashed into his windshield.

The driver of the truck, 48-year-old Randy Arnett pleaded guilty to reckless driving to endanger and was given a 30-day suspended jail sentence and a year of unsupervised probation.