Recently, a trucker driver was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a fatal crash that killed two Maine residents in 2016. The judge suspended five of those years and then ordered him to serve an additional four years probation. Originally, the prosecutors sought a fifty year sentence in light of the horrifying impact this drunk driving accident had on the victims’ families and emergency responders.
The 55-year-old trucker has a history of suspended and revoked licenses. In addition, he purportedly has a dozen convictions for driving under the influence which are included in the more than 50 criminal offenses and traffic violations that are a part of his record. The company that hired the trucker in 2015 claimed to have no knowledge that his license had been suspended in two other states.
A Maine jury found the driver guilty on all of the counts he was facing, including two charges of manslaughter, three counts of aggravated driving under the influence as well as several violations of trucking regulations that included falsifying logs and fatigued driving. According to investigators, just moments before the crash, the truck was traveling at an estimated 81 mph. At the scene of the crash, the man’s blood alcohol levels exceeded the state’s legal limits of 0.08.
During the sentencing phase, several family members and friends supplied victim impact statements testifying to the depth of their losses. A third victim who was injured had suffered several broken bones and a mild head injury. In these types of tragic crashes, the victims and surviving family may struggle for years to recover from their physical and emotional traumas, which can be magnified by the financial losses that are often incurred. Though no civil action can replace all that has been lost, a successful case may allow victims or their families to alleviate the monetary burdens caused by a senseless drunk driving accident.
Source: centralmaine.com, “Tennessee trucker sentenced to 25 years in crash that killed 2 in Knox County“, Stephen Betts, March 23, 2018