A truck driver is being charged for causing an accident that led to the death of a family from North Carolina. Back in April, the Gilley’s were on their way to Ohio to visit family before their vehicle was struck unexpectedly. They were traveling on I-77 near mile marker 22 in Camp Creek, West Virginia around 5:30 p.m. when a tractor-trailer being driven by Bertram Copeland lost control and crossed over the median. The trucker, who was heading southbound, now was traveling northbound and struck the family’s vehicle. WNCN reported that the truck rolled over and caught on fire.

While the driver of the truck did survive, he was airlifted to Charleston Area Medical Center, however, the family didn’t make it that far. Both David and his wife Christine Gilley died along with their two children, Jack and Grace. Although the truck accident occurred a few months back, it is now being reported that the Illinois trucker is being charged for the accident. WNCN recently reported that Copeland was arraigned on four counts of negligent homicide and reckless driving. The charges were filed after eyewitnesses claimed, “Copeland’s actions may not have been appropriate once he lost control of his vehicle.”

Although he is currently free on bond, that doesn’t mean he is going to get out of being convicted of the crimes he has been accused of committing.


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In more recent news provided by WNCN, an elderly couple also lost their lives after their vehicle was hit by a pickup truck. According to the source, a pickup truck was heading south on U.S. 17 near N.C. 904 when the driver swerved into the turn lane and hit a van. The accident occurred around 8:00 p.m. and inside that van was Francis Carlisle, 82, and her husband Leroy Carlisle, 82. After their van was hit, it flew across the highway where two other vehicles collided with it.

After emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene, both Francis and Leroy Carlisle were transported to Grand Strand Hospital but died from their injuries. And sadly enough, yet another innocent life was taken in the midst of the accident. Penny Pigford, 51, was operating one of the other vehicles that accidentally slammed into the van and while she was also transported to a nearby hospital, she later died from her injuries as well.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified as Michael Anthony Johnson, 31, and he was arrested and charged with felony death by motor vehicle. The state trooper who arrived on scene said alcohol was said to be a factor in the collision.

As often as these truck accidents are reported, one would think they would serve as a reminder to other drivers to display caution and care while driving, yet many fail to do so. And in the event you or a family member of yours was recently injured or killed in a truck accident in Raleigh, NC and you would like to learn more about the rights you hold as a victim or family member, you are encouraged to contact Burns, Day & Presnell, P.A. today. The Raleigh truck accident attorneys working at this firm have 200 years of combined legal experience in the state of NC and will help you recover the compensation you and your family deserve after having to go through such a traumatic experience. If you would like to get in contact with this firm now, simply call 919-782-1441.