Man charged with vehicular death of Auburn University student

Booking photo from Houston County Jail.
Booking photo from Houston County Jail.(WTVY News 4)
Published: Aug. 7, 2019 at 8:30 PM CDT
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Houston County deputies, on Tuesday, arrested a man charged in the traffic death of a 20-year old Auburn University student.

45-year old Robert Anthony Lockwood was later taken to Lee County, where a grand jury indicted this week for manslaughter.

That indictment accuses Lockwood of being distracted by an electronic device when he drove along Interstate 85 on July 25, 2018.

His 18-wheeler hit a compact car, operated by 20-year old Cassidy Meadows, that had stopped in traffic, the indictment states.

Authorities say, because Lockwood was distracted, he failed to brake and that caused his big rig, loaded with jet fuel, to slam into the rear of Meadow's car.

During a court hearing Wednesday, Lockwood pleaded not guilty and waived a reading of the indictment.

As of Wednesday night, he remains jailed in Lee County with a $30,000 bond.

Records show Lockwood resides in Montgomery.