Virginia driver killed in morning UPS truck accident

Posted at 1:42 PM, Jan 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-01-19 09:23:07-05

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WTVR) - A UPS truck driver was killed Wednesday morning outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. N.C. State Highway Patrol identified the driver as Garry Wilkerson, 58, from Chesterfield County, Virginia.

Wilkerson's adult daughters told CBS 6 reporter Jon Burkett Virginia State troopers knocked on their door at 5:00 a.m. Wednesday morning to deliver the news about their father's death. [VIDEO: Uncut video from scene of accident]

N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Barry Hower told CBS 6 Wilkerson was killed when his truck ran off Interstate 85 South and hit a bridge. The truck's two trailers fell off the highway and onto the road below. Wilkerson was thrown from the cab of the truck which remained on the interstate, Sgt. Hower said.

Several family members and friends stopped by Wilkerson's Chesterfield home Wednesday.

"I'm still in shock-I don't believe it was him," said Wilkerson's daughter, Shawnique. "I'm looking for him to walk through the door. It's just hard because I know my dad loved his job. He was very dedicated, very precautious."

Wilkerson, a 25-year veteran UPS driver, was well known for his love for race cars.

"He loved to race," said Wilkerson. "Some of my fondest memories were of him on the weekends going racing."

"He was a real cautious driver," said Wilkerson. "I would've never thought it'd end like this in a million years."

UPS Freight Spokesman Ira Rosenfeld told Salisbury Post Wilkerson was finishing the first leg of his round trip route between Richmond and Charlotte. [CLICK HERE: Read the Salisbury Post article]

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.