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Driver cited in wreck that injured students at North Iredell High

rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

The driver of a rental truck that hit a support beam of a roof overhang at North Iredell High School last week, causing concrete to topple onto students, has been charged with an unsafe movement violation by the State Highway Patrol.

Meanwhile, students at South Iredell High have raised $31,650 in five days for families of the school’s band members who were injured in the awning collapse at North Iredell High School.

Concrete fell onto South Iredell High students who were heading inside the main entrance of North Iredell for a regional band competition last Saturday. North Iredell High is 52 miles north of Charlotte.

Troopers issued the charge this week against Douglas Reedy Souther, 64, of Mooresville.

Souther could not be reached for comment Friday. He has no record of traffic or other offenses, a check of court records shows.

Souther faces a Nov. 25 hearing in Iredell County Traffic Court. The charge carries a fine and court costs totaling $213.

Eighteen band members were hospitalized, including a girl who had her leg amputated, and others who had broken feet, legs and pelvises along with severe head injuries, Julia Moore, a South Iredell High drum major, said on a Go Fund Me account she created.

Students aim to raise $50,000, in part to cover expenses for families of the hospitalized students, including food, gas, hotel rooms and salaries lost for taking unpaid personal days off from work, Moore said.

Money also will go to a prosthetic for the girl who lost her leg and changes that have to be made to her home to help her transition, Moore said.

The rest of the money will be put into a fund for a new band trailer dedicated to the injured, Moore said.

“I want to reverse time to stop it,” Moore wrote on the Go Fund Me site. “I can’t snap into the reality of what happened; that some of the greatest people in my life are hurt, and I can’t change it. But, even though we may have been battered up, we are all alive, and I’m thankful for that.

“This is my Viking band and I love them so much...Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers tonight, we sure do need it.”

Staff researcher Maria David contributed.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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