If you drive northeast of Cleveland on Interstate 75 for about an hour and a half, you will arrive in Knox County. That is where a jury recently found a Tennessee trucker guilty of manslaughter in a violent truck accident that killed two people in 2016.
The 55-year-old truck driver was convicted of manslaughter, aggravated operating under the influence, as well as driving to endanger, among other charges.
According to witnesses at the trial, the truck was speeding above the posted 55 mph limit and had nearly hit another vehicle when it crossed the highway's centerline.
Law enforcement officials said the tractor-trailer rounded a curve and that its trailer began to roll. A 74-year-old driver's pick-up truck was the first to be struck by the out-of-control 18-wheeler. The pick-up driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 2014 Nissan sedan was struck next. The trailer rolled and then struck a 2015 Kia. The final vehicle hit by the trailer that had been hauling a load of lumber was a 1998 Chrysler van driven by a 45-year-old Warren woman.
Her car was knocked into a field, where it burst into flames. The driver also died.
The tractor-trailer rolled onto its roof, sliding down the highway, eventually coming to a stop down an embankment next to the field.
Analysis of the trucker's blood tested positive for alcohol and the pain medication hydrocodone.
Obviously, there is no excuse for this sort of senseless tragedy.
In similar cases, those who are injured or who lose loved ones in drunk driving crashes and truck wrecks can pursue maximum compensation with the help of a law firm experienced in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.