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Truck With Bad Brakes Called ‘Deadly Weapon’ After Fatal Crash; Driver Charged

A truck that crashed with a motorcycle, killing its rider, had such equipment violations, police say it was a deadly weapon.


The Dover Police Department today said they have charged 48-year-old Curtis Smith of Greenwood with possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony, first-degree reckless endangering and five federal motor carrier violations.  Smith was driving a dump truck south on McKee Road.  The truck and cycle crashed in the intersection, killing Bowden. Smith was unhurt, police said.  “Investigation into the accident revealed that Smith was operating a 10-wheel dump truck, which had inadequate brakes and equipment violations”.


An inspection by the Dover Police Accident Reconstruction Team and the Delaware State Police team that specializes in fatal accident investigation determined, “the truck was in such condition that it endangered the life of others on the roadway,” Getek said.


Smith was arrested last week in connection with the July 14, 2006 accident.