Wayne Damari Waldon, truck driver involved in fatal accident, has lengthy record

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Parrish, FL -- The driver of the semi-truck involved in Wednesday's fatal accident along Interstate 75 in which a car ended up in the Alafia River has a lengthy driving record.

10 News has confirmed that 30-year old Wayne Damari Waldon, who was driving for ABC Fine Wine & Spirits at the time of this week's accident, has more than two dozen driving infractions on his record. An inspection of his record shows his driving license has been suspended six times.

For the family of 42-year-old James Dylan Proctor, the man killed in the accident, Waldon's record is troubling news.

"It's a disturbing idea if that was in fact true, but we just have to wait and see in the meantime, just take care of each other," Christopher Hembrough, Proctor's stepson told 10 News.

Despite the lengthy record, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles says Waldon did have a valid commercial license at the time of the accident.

So far no citations or charges have been filed stemming from this week's wreck but the Florida Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate.

Meantime Proctor's family is struggling with the loss. "He was an animal lover, he was a musician, he was a traveler and he was a very important individual in my life too and it's a shame he had to go," Hembrough added.

Officials at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, where Proctor recently graduated, are planning a campus-wide memorial service.

"The entire USF Sarasota-Manatee community is saddened by the tragic death of our recent graduate, James Dylan Proctor, who was so shockingly killed in a traffic accident near Tampa early Wednesday morning," said Arthur M. Guilford, the school's regional chancellor. 

Guilford goes on to say, "Dylan was an enthusiastic USF supporter, through-and-through. He could always be found wearing university gear, and not only gave his all as coxswain for the USFSM rowing club, but also lent his talents as the club's unofficial cook and musician. The perpetual smile on his face warmed the hearts of all who met him, whether faculty, staff or fellow students. We mourn the loss of a terrific person who brightened our lives and will always be remembered. I send my deepest personal condolences to Dylan's extended family, friends and loved ones."

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