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Lincolnton man arrested in fatal crane truck accident

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 7:29 PM
Last updated Wednesday, May 21, 2014 5:41 AM
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The driver in last week’s fatal crane truck accident that killed a Grovetown man was arrested Tuesday, officials said.

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Workers prepare to upright a crane truck after it rolled near the intersection of New Savannah Road and Skyview Drive.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE
Workers prepare to upright a crane truck after it rolled near the intersection of New Savannah Road and Skyview Drive.


John William Boland, 64, of Lincolnton, has been charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, driving too fast for conditions and homicide by vehicle, according to Richmond County jail records.

Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said Boland was the driver of a crane truck that overturned May 14, killing passenger Eryc Jordan Riddle, 28, of Grovetown.

About 7:40 a.m., the Erycson Crane truck rolled after attempting to turn left on New Savannah Road from Skyview Drive, according to a police statement. The cause of the accident was initially attributed to mechanical failure.

Riddle, who was wearing a seat belt, was pinned under the vehicle after it overturned. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Boose at 8:05 a.m.

An autopsy was performed last week at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta. Results show that Riddle died from positional asphyxiation, Boose said.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/20/14 - 07:51 pm
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Wearing a seat belt, but was pinned under the vehicle

Well that clears things up and also points out Seat Belts can also kill.

Just The Truth
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Just The Truth 05/20/14 - 08:30 pm
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Wrong again noc noc

It wasn't the seat belt, it was the truck that was on top of him regardless of seat belt. Prayers go out to his family.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/20/14 - 08:55 pm
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No, seat belts didn't kill

No, seat belts didn't kill him, being pinned did.

There is no evidence that had he not been wearing a seat belt, that he would've survived. When a crane truck overturns, and somebody gets pinned in the wreckage, wearing a seat belt or not doesn't make much difference.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/20/14 - 09:36 pm
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This explains an issue my son

This explains an issue my son and I were discussing over the weekend. (he was an elementary school classmate and baseball team mate)
The driver had to of run the stop sign to roll it, since Skyview tees into Old Savannah.

The Mick
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The Mick 05/21/14 - 05:24 am
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Tragic loss of life due to

Tragic loss of life due to poor judgement. No winners here.

Unbelievable
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Unbelievable 05/21/14 - 07:24 am
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Eyewitnesses I spoke to said

Eyewitnesses I spoke to said he wasn't going very fast, like he was looking for something. This was a terrible accident and they have to charge someone for being at fault. Terrible, terrible tragedy.

belle
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belle 05/21/14 - 09:49 am
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There is a difference between speeding and going too fast for conditions. You cannot take a sharp turn like that in such a long, top-heavy vehicle at a "normal" speed, you must move slowly

belle
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belle 05/21/14 - 09:49 am
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There is a difference between speeding and going too fast for conditions. You cannot take a sharp turn like that in such a long, top-heavy vehicle at a "normal" speed, you must move slowly

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