A 33-year-old Raleigh woman died Wednesday night when her car smashed into the back of a dump truck that was trying to maneuver through a U-turn on U.S. 401 near Old Stage Road west of Garner, the State Highway Patrol said.
Troopers said Suzanna Nickol Baker died at the scene. The crash happened about 9 p.m., they said.
They charged the truck’s driver, Calvin Louis Woods, 37, of Cary with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and making an unsafe movement.
According to investigators, Woods was going south on U.S. 401 when he tried to turn the 2016 Kenworth truck around in the road.
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It had too large a turning radius to make the turn in one movement, however, and he was trying to back up the truck for a three-point turn when Baker’s 2003 Nissan hit it, troopers said.