According to a report by Nebraska Radio Network, a trucker who, a year ago, plowed his tractor trailer into the back end of a traffic line on I-80 in Nebraska, taking the lives of a mother and father, their two children, and an unborn baby, has received a 20-year prison sentence.
The trucker, a 37-year-old male, agreed to a guilty plea in exchange for a reduced sentence. His charges included four counts of motor vehicle homicide and one count of motor vehicle homicide of an unborn fetus.
It was determined from the evidence and testimony given at the case’s three-hour preliminary hearing last year that the trucker did not decelerate at all before the fatal collision occurred. Witnesses of the terrible accident said the trucker was going about 75 miles per hour.
Traffic had backed up due to separate accident. The members of the unfortunate family were in two vehicles at the rear of the traffic line when the trucker failed to stop and crashed into the back of the father’s 2010 Ford Mustang. The impact caused the Mustang to plow into the rear of a 2007 Toyota Corolla, which carried the father’s wife and two sons, resulting in the fatalities.
Investigators alleged that the trucker had driven for nearly 15 hours straight before the crash occurred. Because he broke federal regulations regarding commercial transport, a whole family was lost. Fatigue caused the accident, but it was the trucker’s negligence which led to his fatigue.
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