Trucker Sentenced For Causing Fatal Crash On Ohio Turnpike

by nph | January 13th, 2012

January 13, 2012

A 49-year-old trucker from Greenville, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on Thursday for causing an accident near Ravenna, Ohio, in 2010 that killed a 47-year-old college professor and injured her two teenage sons. According to reports from The Baltimore Sun, the trucker was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault.

The accident happened along the Ohio Turnpike when the trucker fell asleep at the wheel. He failed to slow down as he approached a congested traffic area, rear-ended the professor, and hit five other vehicles before bringing the overloaded tractor-trailer to a halt. The woman died at the scene of the crash, and her two teenage sons were both critically injured.

In the courtroom Thursday, the victim’s husband stated he hoped the accident would influence congress to pass tougher measures against the trucking industry to battle the growing problem of accidents related to driver fatigue.

As of now, the law allows truckers to drive 11-hours before a mandatory break is required. These hours are supposed to be recorded in a logbook. If a driver is over hours and an accident results, this is considered negligence on the driver’s part.

If you have been injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer truck that was no fault of your own, contact the Ohio truck accident lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy for a free initial consultation of your case.