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Elderly Driver Charged In Crash That Killed Cherry Point Marine


Charges have been filed against an elderly driver in a motorcycle crash that killed a Cherry Point Marine.

Lou Cacal of Newport was charged this morning by the Highway Patrol with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to yield right of way.

The accident happened around 1:45 p.m. Saturday, east of Newport.

Troopers say the 72-year-old man was crossing Highway 24 from the Fuel Market gas station toward Bogue Pines Mobile Home Park when he struck a motorcycle being driven by David Sandmeyer of Minnesota.

Cacal told troopers that he had waited for a funeral procession to drive by and didn't see Sandmeyer's motorcycle at the end. Troopers do not believe Sandmeyer was part of that procession.


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The Highway Patrol says that a Cherry Point Marine is dead after a pickup truck ran into him while he was riding on his motorcycle Saturday.

Trooper Rob Melby says that around 1:44 p.m. Saturday, 21-year-old David Sandmeyer of Minnesota was riding east on Highway 24 in Newport. Trooper Melby says that 72-year-old Lou Cacal of Newport was crossing the highway from the Fuel Market gas station toward Bogue Pines Mobile Home Park when he t-boned Sandmeyer on his motorcycle. Sandmeyer died at the scene.

Officials say that according to Cacal, he had waited for a funeral procession to drive by and didn’t see Sandmeyer coming at the end of it. It’s not clear if Sandmeyer was a part of the funeral procession.

Trooper Melby says that charges are pending against Cacal.


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