A UPS driver has been charged after a woman was killed in a wreck on Halloween.
Cody Bess, 26, of 209 S. River Glen Drive in Morganton, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to reduce speed after the UPS truck he was driving hit a car and killed Julie Anne Jenkins, according to the warrant for his arrest.
The wreck started when Bess' UPS truck was traveling east on Interstate 40 near Valdese and hit a pickup truck in the right lane, then went into the left lane and hit the car Jenkins, 47, of Alexander County, was driving, according to information previously released by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
The force from the collision sent both Jenkins' car and the UPS truck off the road and into the guardrail before coming to an incomplete stop. The backseat and trunk of Jenkins' car was crushed into her headrest.
Jenkins originally was transported to Frye Hospital with serious head injuries, but died a couple of hours after the crash, a previous News Herald article said.
Trooper J.D. Ellis, who investigated the collision, said troopers still are gathering information and completing their investigation of the wreck. He said once the investigation is complete, the findings will be turned over to the district attorney's office to decide on any additional charges.
More information will be published as it becomes available.