State troopers have charged a 29-year-old trucker from Scotland County following last week’s crash on Capital Boulevard that killed a Wake Forest High School teacher.
Donald Wayne Caulder Jr. of Laurinburg was charged with misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle and failure to reduce speed. Caulder was arrested Tuesday in Scotland County by the State Highway Patrol and released under a written promise to appear in Wake County District Court on June 28, according to Lt. Jeff Gordon, a Highway Patrol spokesman.
The Highway Patrol says Caulder was driving a Freightliner dump truck that was towing a Bobcat northbound on U.S. 1 on March 22 when it rear ended a Toyota Sienna minivan driven by Michelle Simone Barlow, 42, of Wake Forest. The collision pushed Barlow’s minivan into the rear of a tractor-trailer truck driven by Marvin Douglas Erb, 49, of Danville, Va.
The minivan was crushed.
Erb’s Freightliner then rear ended a Honda passenger car driven by Timothy Peter Ligowski, 49, of Wake Forest, Gordon said. He said emergency workers transported Caulder and Erb to WakeMed in Raleigh where they were treated for injuries not considered life-threatening. Ligowski was not injured.
Barlow taught English at Wake Forest High School. Her colleagues described as a passionate, enthusiastic, driven educator who was well-liked by her students.
A GoFundMe online fundraising page created in Barlow’s honor had raised more than $10,000 by Wednesday afternoon.