A truck driver has been arrested for providing a false account of a fatal crash that ocurred in 2019.
The crash happened in July of 2019, but the driver was arrested this week in Queensbury, New york.
According to The Post-Star, 50-year-old Everon J. Meadows fell asleep at the wheel while driving on the Northway near Exit 18, causing 61-year-old Scott W. Rorapaugh to crash into him. Rorapaugh’s truck burst into flames on impact, trapping him inside where he eventually perished in the flames.
Initially, Meadows told investigating officers that he had been stopped in the right lane of the highway for maintenance issues, which led to the collision. However, evidence collected at the scene, along with witness accounts of Meadows driving erratically right before the crash, eventually caused Meadows to tell the truth about the incident.
Meadows later admitted to officers that he had fallen asleep at the wheel, struck the guardrails on the highway, and flipped his rig before Rorapaugh struck his wrecked truck. Meadows has since been taken into custody and has been charged with a felony count of making a false written statement regarding the crash.