A Florida truck driver who killed a 56-year-old Columbus man in a truck accident is facing motor vehicle homicide charges. The crash was supposedly caused by reckless driving on the part of the truck driver, which caused a chain reaction and sent three vehicles crashing into each other. The truck accident began when the truck driver collided with a sports utility vehicle that was stopped at a traffic light, in turn shoving the SUV into the vehicle ahead of it. The impact of the crash killed the driver of the third vehicle.
The 47-year-old truck driver has been arrested several times in the past for varying offenses. According to police, those prior offenses include possession of a controlled substance, witness intimidation and driving under the influence. He also served nine months in jail for assaulting a police officer.
The records of the truck driver's arrests were taken into account during his bond review following the truck accident. Currently, there is no court date set, but the truck driver's bond has been set at $150,000. According to Ohio law, the man could be released prior to trial or sentencing if he posts 10 percent of the bond.
A sheriff's deputy stated the truck accident was caught on tape by local security cameras. It showed the truck driver was driving too fast when he came to the intersection, which made the trucker unable to avoid the crash. His semi was loaded with three cars at the time of the incident.
Of the three vehicles involved in the crash, each driver was alone in their vehicle. The truck driver was not injured, but the driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital for treatment and later released. The last resulted in the tragic death of a Columbus man.
According to law, truck accidents that cause death are punishable by five years in prison, $10,000 in fines or both. Even if the driver is exonerated of criminal charges, the victims of the accident and the family of the victim who lost his life may choose to pursue damages for their pain and suffering. Legal counsel with experience in personal injury law may be able to provide guidance during litigation.
Source: Columbus Telegram, "Trucker in fatal crash has long 'rap' sheet," Jim Osborn, Aug. 30, 2011