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Distracted driving leads to fatal truck accident in Kentucky

May 20, 2015

There are certain laws by which drivers of all vehicles must abide. Commercial drivers in Kentucky often have a stricter set of laws governing their actions. These regulations are put in place to prevent deadly truck accidents from occurring. When truck operators break the rules, the results can be tragic, as one recent incident illustrates.

According to law enforcement, a truck driver was using his cell phone while driving along I-64 West near Louisville. Due to his inattention, he slammed into a 71-year-old woman’s vehicle. The crash caused a chain reaction in which three other vehicles also suffered damage.

Unfortunately, as a trooper for the Kentucky State Police noted, the truck driver’s small mistake has changed a life. The crash killed the 71-year-old woman, whose vehicle burst into flames. According to reports, her family members are understandably having a tough time dealing with the loss. The driver has been charged with four counts of wanton endangerment as well as reckless homicide. His bond has been set at $100,000, and a forensics team is analyzing his phone.

The trooper said the accident serves as a painful reminder that distracted driving can be deadly. One witness told WLKY that she is now more aware of her own driving and takes notice of other motorists who are on their phones. Drivers who take their eyes off the road – even momentarily – put themselves and others around them at risk. Anyone who has been involved in an incident involving a distracted driver should contact an attorney.

Source: WLKY, “Truck driver charged in crash that left one woman dead,” Anna-Lysa Gayle, May 14, 2015