Trucker charged in death of teen struck by cement block in Owatonna

A truck driver is scheduled to appear in Steele County District Court next month on charges that his negligence led to a landscaping block falling off his trailer and killing a 17-year-old boy last summer. Full Story

Since: Jun 09

Lincoln, NE

#3 Jan 13, 2011
Wow, taking a few minutes to secure those blocks would have changed everything. There have been quite a few people hurt badly killed because someone fails to secure their load. That, and this was a landscape truck, which means the guy probably had the training how to do it right but still did a crappy job. My personal favorite is when people pull boats with unsecure items. You don't see anything until it is flying at you. This is especially bad if you are on a motorcycle.

Hope his hurry was worth it that day.
lol

Osceola, WI

#4 Jan 13, 2011
This is a district attorney staeling you tax dollars. The da should be forced to pay for this.

Since: Jan 09

United States of America

#5 Jan 13, 2011
Throw the book at him, but let drunken murderers out to murder again?
anon

Mattoon, IL

#6 Jan 13, 2011
It was no accident that the driver didn't secure his load properly. He should be charged. I agree that it isn't a crime, but it wasn't some freak accident either.

I have witnessed lots of items flying out of the back of peoples vehicles. My car was damaged by a ladder that came flying out of a truck not to long ago.

Since: Jan 09

United States of America

#8 Jan 13, 2011
Criminal Negligence wrote:
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NO!!! Wrong! Once is an accident. Any more than that is negligence. Cemstone and its leadership only cares about the dollar. This is not this mans fault, it is Cemstones fault. The COMPANY is responsible for maintaining their vehicles. This guy probably wrote the vehicle up many times, but the company probably just neglected to fix it.
I hope, and would support, the family getting an enormous lawsuit from this company. I hope it happens.
Sure a lot of probables in your rant.
jrichards

Amery, WI

#9 Jan 13, 2011
Seems to me the driver should be held accountable for his actions. Isn't that part of the requirement for a CDL? While he may have been employed by Cemstone, it's still his responsibility to secure his loads if that's what his job requires. As an ultimate penalty, he shouldn't be allowed to have a commercial license again.
Move on

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jan 13, 2011
Criminal Negligence wrote:
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NO!!! Wrong! Once is an accident. Any more than that is negligence. Cemstone and its leadership only cares about the dollar. This is not this mans fault, it is Cemstones fault. The COMPANY is responsible for maintaining their vehicles. This guy probably wrote the vehicle up many times, but the company probably just neglected to fix it.
I hope, and would support, the family getting an enormous lawsuit from this company. I hope it happens.
Wow sounds like you work or worked there and have a lot of hate for the company.
blindman

Lady Lake, FL

#14 Jan 13, 2011
Its about time they hols someone accountable for fallin blocks
Get a Life

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Jan 14, 2011
lol wrote:
I remember when America had a peoples justice system. Thena person had to have criminal intent to be a crime. This was an accident. This district attorney is persuing a innocent person for personal and agency gain.
This district attorney should be charged with abuse of power and crimes against the people. This was a tradgety not a crime. I hope the da is charged. This would and could not happen in a civilized society. This would not happen in a democarcy. More of the Reich wingers pushing personal agendas. This lawyer missed his first week of law school or he would know better. A simular case was dropped last week in Minnesota.
I would agree that this was an accident, but this happened again after he was fined the first time. Someone died because of his negligence. If he accidently went over the white line and killed someone you personally cared for would you not be looking for his head? It would still be an accident. Truckers are responsible for securing their load, its the law and it is important that they take great caution when securing loads because peoples lives are at stake. I don't think he should be put away for 10 years but he didn't learn the first time and somebody could have been killed in that incident also so he should do some time.
Paul Harvey

Inver Grove Heights, MN

#16 Jan 14, 2011
Criminal Negligence wrote:
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Really imbecile? Is this kid "probably dead"? Do you live here and witness their trucks on the road?
I know someone who worked for them. Not what I would call a company built on morality either.
You know someone who 'worked' for them, past tense? Obviously your aquaintence was (is?) a super looser who is entirely unemployable anywhere, because cemstone has a union protecting their employees. I think it is the United Amalgamated Cement Block-Heads or something like that.
A G B

United States

#17 Jan 16, 2011
Now if the truck hit a bump or pot hole in the road, then who's fault is it? Do you think for one minute that the Dept. of transportation would ever take Responsibily for anything? No way, there going to pioint the finger at the man driving the truck. As far as the troopers report goes, it's going to be written up the way his superiors want it to be written up.
Ponderosa Bill

Dodgeville, WI

#18 Jan 18, 2011
Never worked for cemstone, but I have handled their products rather extensively. I'm not trying to defend the driver but I think the ultimate responsibility falls on the company.

The Northstar/Keystone (Cemstone) 36 block pallets are the worst shrink wrapped pallets I have ever dealt with. The shrink wrapping stops the blocks from moving, period. The wrap job out of the factory is so poor we would receive shipments with blocks falling out of the pallets, only to be secured (by the least bit) by part of the truck's strap.

These pallets are a safety hazard even when they are not on the road.
concerned american

Olive Branch, MS

#19 Jan 21, 2011
jrichards wrote:
Seems to me the driver should be held accountable for his actions. Isn't that part of the requirement for a CDL? While he may have been employed by Cemstone, it's still his responsibility to secure his loads if that's what his job requires. As an ultimate penalty, he shouldn't be allowed to have a commercial license again.
yes your exactly right, under DOT rules and regulation the driver makes the call, the driver is accountable. also if you see a sppeding trucker out there on our highways, it indicates that the driver has no regard for human life! fines should be doubled for speeding truckers.
In the know

Savage, MN

#20 Apr 30, 2013
This is not an isolated incident, the company still after this tragedy, only has minimal load securement equipment on there trucks. This driver was NONunion, unions would not allow this equipment to be operated by there members

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