New details in tractor-trailer cab crash into Thomasville home, charges filed

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- A Thomasville townhome is uninhabitable after a tractor-trailer's cab plowed through it Monday night.

Robert Lynn Carter
Robert Lynn Carter

Thomasville Police Sgt. John Elgin said 31-year-old Robert Lynn Carter, of Thomasville, was at the wheel. Elgin said Carter first rear-ended an SUV on West Sunrise Avenue and Randolph Street, then ran into a home on Rodelia Street not even half a mile away.

There were two people in the townhome and two in the SUV, and none sustained life-threatening injuries, according to police.

"Luck, in my opinion, was on everybody's side last night," Elgin said. "The potential for death was definitely here. Everyone's definitely lucky they survived this incident."

Elgin said the owner of the townhome, Betty Adedoyin, is a 20-year veteran with the Thomasville Polic Department, where she works as a communications dispatcher.

"When something devastating happens to one of us, we all feel it," Elgin said.

Elgin said Carter was a driver for the trucking company West Express of High Point, and was driving his company vehicle at the time.

West Express President Chris Hammer said Carter is no longer with the company. He added that Carter was not on the clock at the time of the wrecks, and thus was not authorized to drive the company vehicle.

Carter was charged with DWI commercial motor vehicle, felony serious injury and hit-and-run. He is in the Davidson County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.

Inspectors with the City of Thomasville said there is electrical, structural and flooring damage to the townhome, but the three other homes attached to it were not structurally compromised.

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