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Driver who claimed blackout charged in fatality

A motorist accused of striking and killing an elderly Lincolnton man in August was charged Wednesday with manslaughter and was expected to have a first appearance in district court on Thursday.

Michael Lynn Tubbs, 54, of 5105 East Maiden Road in Maiden, was headed north on North Aspen Street in Lincolnton when his Ford truck ran off the left side of the road and hit and killed Clarence Herman Stroup, 71, of Lincolnton.

The case has been under investigation for several weeks. On Wednesday, Tubbs was charged in the incident, according to the Clerk of Court’s Office.

Stroup was doing some yard work close to the roadway in front of the Lincolnton Plaza Shopping Center when he was struck.

Tubbs continued on his way after the incident until police caught up with him at the One Stop gas station on Maiden Highway, authorities said.

Officers questioned Tubbs who told them that he had no recollection of the fatal incident and claimed he must have blacked out just prior to running off the roadway.

He additionally told police that he had been having similar medical issues in recent days, and because of his blackouts, he had actually been on his way home from work when he struck Stroup.



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