GREENSBORO, N.C. — The tractor-trailer driver involved in Friday’s fatal wreck on Interstate 85 in Greensboro has been charged with an additional count of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.
Daniel S. Serna, 34, of Hollywood, Fla., was originally charged with felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. The Guilford County District Attorney’s Office decided to add another death count Tuesday after a second biker, Kenneth Jefferson, died over the weekend.
Officials said six motorcycles were parked on the side of the road due to mechanical issues with one of the bikes when a tractor-trailer hit them. The truck then came to a stop further up on I-85.
According to prosecutors, the truck was traveling approximately 80-85 mph at the time of the accident.
Troopers said they believe the only reason Serna stopped about half a mile up the road is because he had a flat tire from the crash.
Troopers said they believe Serna fell asleep at the wheel.
Prosecutors on Monday said he was alert and not impaired after the crash. He and his co-driver were not injured.
During his court appearance Monday, Serna spoke through a Spanish interpreter. He said he believed his arrest was “illegal.” He claimed none of the investigators spoke Spanish.
However, Master Trooper Chris Knox denies that claim and said that state troopers had no problem communicating with the truck driver during a sobriety test (which Serna passed) or during the course of the investigation.
Two motorcyclists were killed in the crash.
Kenneth N. Jefferson, 51, of South Chesterfield, Va., died Sunday morning at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after being hospitalized in critical condition, according to officials.
Arnie M. Morris, 37, of Woodbridge, Va., was instantly killed in the crash. Four other motorcyclists have been treated for their injuries.
Those victims have been identified as Jerome D. Howard, 48, of Woodbridge, Va.; Caroline Campbell, 47, of North Chesterfield, Va.; Michael A. Robinson Sr., 57, of Woodbridge, Va.; and Gregory D. Harmon, 44, of Bowie, Md.
The motorcyclists were on the way from northern Virginia/southern Maryland to Atlanta for a motorcycle rally, according to officials.
Prosecutors say Serna had his CDL for one year. He legally immigrated to the United States three-and-a-half years ago. He currently lives in Florida with his wife and teenage daughter.
Bond for Serna was set at $100,000 and he is due back in court Aug. 18.