Trucker arrested in fatal crash: Driver admitted he falsified logbook of time spent operating vehicle

A Kentucky truck driver faces a reckless homicide charge in connection with a wreck that left a state highway worker dead.

Robert Allen Burger, 51, of Louisville, Ky., turned himself in at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 4:29 p.m. Tuesday.

Reckless homicide is a Class C felony punishable by two to eight years in prison upon co­n­­­viction.

A report from the Indiana State Police states that Burger’s semitrailer rig struck the rear of a parked Dodge Stratus driven by Gregory A. Lawdermilt, 57, of North Vernon. Lawdermilt had stopped to help with a wreck that occurred just before 9:30 a.m. Dec. 8 in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 about 3.5 miles north of Seymour, according to court records.

Lawdermilt and another motorist had put out triangle safety markers to warn other motorists about the first wreck. Lawdermilt then went back and got into his vehicle, which then was hit by Burger’s 2007 Freightliner, according to a news release from Indiana Department of Transportation.

Both vehicles skidded into the median and burst into flames, police said.

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