The driver of semi trailer involved in a fatal accident on U.S 60, which killed two people, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. The victims were in 2 separate cars when the incident occurred.
The accident occurred when the driver of the semi was approaching a signal on the US 60 intersection. He was driving at a speed of 60 mph in a zone where speed limit is 40 mph. There were 2 cars waiting behind another semi trailer at the signal. The driver came from behind and collided with the stationary cars crushing them between the two semi trailers. Drivers of both cars were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. However, the drivers of both the trucks escaped uninjured.
The driver of the semi had failed to notice the signal warning that speed limit was about to change. A witness to the wreck said that the collision was so loud that it sounded like a bomb blast; she said that the 2 cars were crushed so badly between the two semi trailers that she could not even tell if there were any cars between the trucks.
Owing to the severity of the crime, the driver has been charged with first degree involuntary manslaughter. His offences include speeding, failing to stop the vehicle in time to avoid collision, and working beyond his weekly limit of 70 hours. A suit has been filed by the wife of the deceased against the man and his trucking company. However, the driver’s truck accident attorney has pleaded that it was not a crime but only a tragic accident.
Investigations conducted by Missouri State Highway Patrol revealed that Sun violated many traffic regulations at the time the accident occurred. First, his driving speed exceeded the posted limit by about 20 mph. Second, his log book reported that he worked well within the weekly limit of 70 hours, but his toll and fuel receipts showed that he was lying in his log book. Third, the computer data from his truck shows that he did not apply the brakes well in time. In his statement to the highway patrol authorities, he claimed that he did not stop because he thought that the trailer standing ahead of him was about to move. This shows that he had not even noticed the two cars that were parked between both the trucks.
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The truck accident attorney defending the driver has asked that the charges be downgraded to second degree manslaughter, but the judge dismissed his plea. He is now being tried on two charges, which means that he might serve up to 28 years in jail if both charges are proved. The trucking company is also being tried for negligence.
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