Driver charged in crash that killed Cherry Point Marine

POSTED: 11:13 AM May 05 2013   UPDATED: 12:26 PM May 06 2013
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NEWPORT, CARTERET COUNTY -

A pickup truck driver, involved in a wreck that killed a Cherry Point Marine, has been charged, according to the Highway Patrol.

Lou Cacal, 72, is charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to yield inflicting serious injuries, troopers said.

Cacal was exiting the Pender Park Fuel Market in Newport at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday, when he pulled out into the path of 21-year-old David Sandmeyer's motorcycle, according to investigators.

Sandmeyer was thrown onto Highway 24 and died at the scene, troopers said. Cacal was not injured

Cacal told investigators he was waiting for a funeral procession to pass on Highway 24 and didn't see Sandmeyer coming.

Sandmeyer was a Cherry Point Marine originally from Minnesota.