Man pleads guilty in crash that killed firefighter in 2017

  • Source: Morganton News Herald
  • Published: 07/10/2019 01:42 AM

A man charged after a car crash that killed a volunteer firefighter in 2017 pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Tuesday. Randall Hugh Stewart, 59, entered the guilty plea after the Oct. 8, 2017, crash where his truck hit and killed Jason Hensley, 40, a volunteer firefighter with Triple Community Fire Department. Stewart’s truck also hit Hensley’s Jeep, which was parked behind the department’s brush truck. Hensley was helping to clean debris from a tree that fell during a storm that night, according to a previous News Herald article. Both Hensley ’s Jeep and the brush truck had emergency lights on, and the crash occurred in a straightaway on U.S. 70 near Drexel Road.


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