UPS driver charged in fatal crash on Burke County interstate

Woman seriously injured after UPS truck slams into car on I-40 in Burke Co.

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A UPS driver accused of slamming into the back of a woman’s car in Burke County, killing her, has been charged.

Troopers identified the woman killed as 47-year-old Julie Anne Jenkins.

According to North Carolina Highway Patrol, the incident happened on Interstate 40 around mile marker 110 in the eastbound lane around 5 p.m.

Troopers say there was a minor accident close to mile marker 112 that had slowed traffic down before the accident.

The UPS truck drove into the traffic and hit a pickup truck, causing the truck to spin. The UPS truck then swerved left and slammed right into the back of a Honda sedan. The vehicles ended up in the median next to the guardrail.

Jenkins, who was in the Honda, later died at the hospital.

Troopers identified the UPS driver as Cody Andrew Bess, 26, of Morganton. He was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failing to reduce speed to avoid collision.

Bess was issued a criminal summons on a written promise to appear in court.

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