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Family sues trucker after deadly collision

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March 6, 2008


Nashville -- A truck driver who hit a mule drawn wagon now faces charges for a crash that killed three members of a prominent Berrien County family and injured three others.  

Fifty-five-year-old Charles Lott is charged with vehicular manslaughter, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving and other traffic violations.  

In November of 2006, Lott's 18 wheeler plowed into a mule-drawn wagon on Highway 520. The Joyce family was returning home from an annual celebration in Alapaha.

Forty-five-year-old Franklin Joyce, 5-year-old Andrew Joyce and 75-year-old John Joyce were killed.

Twenty-four-year-old Kimberly Joyce, 3-year-old Abigail Joyce and 49-year-old Lynda Harnage were injured.

The surviving family has also filed a civil suit against Lott. District Attorney Cathy Helms says she expects a trial to begin within the next six months.

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