A commercial truck driver is facing vehicular homicide charges for his role in the death of a 22-year-old Wisconsin woman.
In May 2012, the 50-year-old truck driver slammed into the back of a student teacher as she waited to turn into her school’s parking lot. The impact forced her car into an intersection where she was hit by another car. The young woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, the driver has been involved in three serious accidents in the past. The cause was almost always excessive speed.
In August 2004, the driver was working for CHS Inc. when he was involved in an accident. He received a ticket for a lane violation.
Three months later, the same driver’s truck crashed through a guardrail on Loveland Pass, tumbling 250 feet down a hillside. More than 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled as a result of the accident.
This time, the driver was ejected from the truck and sustained serious head injuries. The Colorado State Patrol reported that road conditions were dry and unobstructed, and determined that excessive speed caused the crash.
Records provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation show that the man’s motor carrier license was suspended in 2007, then reinstated in 2010. Several months after he regained his license, the reckless driver was involved in yet another accident caused by excessive speed, this time as a driver for Agland Inc.
This driver was well aware of the consequences of speeding and driving recklessly by the time he caused the fatal collision. Even after the 2004 accident left him with permanent physical damage, he still refused to take the appropriate actions to correct his behavior. His negligence cost a young woman her life.
If a driver causes a death, even accidentally, in the process of committing a traffic violation, they can be charged with vehicular homicide. Convicted drivers can face one to 12 years in prison, three years of parole and up to $500,000 in fines.
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Commercial truck drivers’ careless driving causes thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in damage every year. In this case, the driver’s history allows us to see a pattern of reckless behavior that regularly endangers others, which can make a huge difference in a civil case.
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