An elderly Lousiburg man was struck and killed Thursday while picking up aluminum cans on the side of U.S. 64 in Nash County.
The N.C. Highway Patrol said James Lindo Ward, 87, was on the side of the highway near Momeyer when a lost woman from Vermont reportedly stopped her vehicle in the travel lane to ask Ward for directions. Around 10:20 a.m., George Phillip Bunn, 80, was driving and couldn’t stop in time to avoid hitting Diane M. LeClaire’s stopped vehicle, so he swerved to the right, striking Ward, patrol reports said. The Louisburg man died at the scene.
Bunn, of Raleigh was not charged. LeClaire, 48, was charged with stopping in a travel lane and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. She was released from Nash County jail under a secured bond.