Truck driver who killed NC grandmother in her yard had fallen asleep

CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) – A driver who hit and killed a woman in her yard in Cabarrus County Wednesday fell asleep at the wheel, troopers say. 

Evelyn Tarlton, 74, was gardening in her yard when a vehicle ran off the road along Highway 200 near Vanderburg Drive and hit her, according to troopers. She was pronounced dead when emergency officials arrived at the scene.

A grandmother is killed in Cabarrus County when a truck driver falls asleep at the wheel. (WBTV)
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The 26-year-old driver of the vehicle was transported to the hospital to be treated. Investigators said there was no indication he was impaired or speeding. 

Highway 200 was shut down as investigators looked into the crash. Troopers say Tarlton warned her husband, but was unable to get out of the way herself.

“From what he initially said, she saw the car coming and he was able to get out of the way and he thought she was coming behind him, but apparently she may have gone in another direction when she was struck, but she initially saw the vehicle and told him to get out of the way,” said North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper A.L. Green.

Green said he believes Tarlton’s warning saved her husband’s life. 

Family members were too shaken up to talk Wednesday. Neighbors say Tarlton leaves behind children and grandchildren.

No word on charges. 

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