The driver of a Total Transportation of Mississippi (TTM) truck was delayed in Ridgeland, Mississippi for 10 hours. By the time the tractor-trailer was ready to go, its driver was expected to drive through the night all the way to Savannah, Georgia. The truck never made it. Instead, the driver crashed the truck into two cars that were trapped in gridlock. Unfortunately, the results of this crash were both fatal and long reaching.
Truck Crash Case Update
We have been following the story of the five Georgia Southern University students who lost their lives in a truck crash on Interstate 16. The families of these victims took the trucking company-Total Transportation of Mississippi-to court and won an undisclosed settlement, as well as a donation to GSU in memory of the girls. However, the civil trial yielded few answers for the grieving families.
The truck driver claimed that he didn’t know exactly what happened when he crashed into the cars carrying GSU’s nursing students. He denied texting while driving and he denied falling asleep, though sleeping at the wheel cost him his previous job. Police were skeptical of his story. They charged both the driver and the trucking company with several criminal charges.
Will Victims’ Families Finally Get Answers?
Though TTM was able to get the charges against it dropped by donating more money to GSU’s nursing program, the truck driver went to trial. He was charged with five counts of first-degree homicide by vehicle, and one count of serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, and failure to exercise due care. He was looking at a potential 93-year sentence if convicted at trial, so he pled out.
The driver pled guilty on all the charges and will spend one year in prison for every life lost in the accident-that’s only five years. He will also have to serve out five years of probation when he gets out of prison. In the end, the families of the victims still got very few answers.
Subpoenaed cellphone records proved the driver wasn’t on his phone when the crash happen. He also insisted that he didn’t fall asleep before the crash and says that he remembers the whole incident. He insists that he doesn’t know why the truck didn’t stop. However, the truck driver does take full responsibility for his actions.
These answers perhaps were not the answers these families sought in their pursuit of justice. But thanks to their efforts, new nursing student will get have an education that can help save lives. Do you think that will be enough? Do you think there is anything else that can be done to get answers? Tell us what you think on our Facebook and Twitter, and keep following our blog to learn more about finding justice for the victims of negligent driving.
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