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Driver in fatal 2016 truck crash charged


January 9, 2019

Robert Gene Mayfield

Robert Gene Mayfield was arraigned today in Linn County Circuit Court on multiple charges, including manslaughter, in connection to the crash that killed Sweet Home log truck driver Neil Nightingale three years ago.

Mayfield, 57, appeared before Judge Thomas A. McHill to be arraigned on first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, third-degree assault and fourth-degree assault based on a secret indictment filed Dec. 18.

According to state police reports on the Jan. 21, 2016 crash, a 1998 International utility truck driven by Mayfield, then 54 and...

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