A Nashville teenager was convicted Wednesday of failure to yield in the June 10 traffic accident death of a truck driver on U.S. 301 in Rocky Mount.
Jordan Anne Thomas, 16, was charged with failure to yield and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle following a collision with a tractor-trailer whose driver swerved to avoid Thomas’ pickup truck and ran off the bridge and into Stony Creek. The driver of the tractor-trailer, David Warren Stone, 72, of Rocky Mount, died after the cab was submerged in the water.
Thomas’ father, Eddie Thomas, said Stone’s family was in court Wednesday and supported the teen’s decision to plead guilty to the yield violation and the state’s dismissal of the death by motor vehicle charge.
“I am just so thankful to the Stone family for the compassion they’ve shown us,” Eddie Thomas said.
The teen was fined $75 for the incident and agreed to pay the court costs associated with the case.
“The show of forgiveness by the Stone family has just been overwhelming,” Thomas said. “Their actions are the perfect example of God’s forgiveness for us. I am just so overwhelmed and humbled by it.”