Woman charged after motorcycle collision with parked tow truck injures man, kills wife in Guilford County

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- A tow truck driver was arrested after a motorcycle hit a parked tow truck, killing a woman and injuring her husband, according to Highway Patrol.

Jessica Tara Middlebrook was charged with involuntary manslaughter and improper parking.

Patricia Willard, 70, was pronounced dead and her husband, Jerry Willard, also 70, was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

It happened at about 8 a.m. Saturday on Sumner Church Road off Old Randleman Road, according to officials.

The trike-style motorcycle, with two wheels in the back, was headed northeast on Sumner Church Road and hit the tow truck parked in the same lane of travel, according to North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

The motorcyclist tried to avoid the crash but ended up hitting the bed of the tow truck, according to officials.

The tow truck driver was not in the vehicle at the time. The truck had been parked there overnight.

The tow truck was with Bobby’s Friendly Towing & Recovery.

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