June 29, 2011
A semi truck driver in Terre Haute, Indiana, was sentenced Monday in court for causing the death of a 25-year-old man last November. In statements before and during the hearing, the truck driver admitted to being under the influence of cocaine while he was driving and fell asleep at the wheel. Shortly thereafter, the eighteen-wheeler plowed through the young man’s car, which was stopped in traffic.
According to News Channel 10, the truck driver had a history of driving under the influence and was not supposed to be on the road at the time of the accident because of a suspended license. He plead guilty to causing death while operating a vehicle under the influence. The judge sentenced him to 12 years in prison as part of a plea agreement, along with mandatory completion of drug and alcohol counseling while in prison. With good behavior, he will likely serve half the time of the sentence.
The victim’s family feels as though the courts did not serve justice. The victim’s wife said, “I don’t think any (amount of) time is enough.” His mother stated, “In six years he’ll be out, he’ll get on with his life. I’m still not going to have my son back.”
The Indiana truck accident lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin may be able to assist you if you or someone you know has been injured in an accident with a commercial truck. Their website offers several tips on how to drive near semi trucks and what to do after an accident.
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