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Local trucker killed in fiery Pennsylvania crash | The Columbus Dispatch

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State police say a Central Ohio trucker is dead after his rig pulling two trailers crashed into a bridge abutment on I-90 east of Erie and burst into flames.

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Convicted

Columbus, OH

#2 Apr 11, 2011
William Fritchen Municipal Court record below. Can I ask the State of Ohio: "Why hadn't the State revoked this man driver's license?" In 1990, he was convicted of OVI and there are both criminal and traffic cases documented in the Court file. Is everybody in state government a total lunatic? What are you people DOING? We are getting NOTHING for our tax dollars. NOTHING. A total waste. A person like this DOES NOT DESERVE a license, period.

2002 TR D 106388 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM 11/18/1960
1996 CR A 024343 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM 11/18/1960
1995 TR D 132925 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM 11/18/1960
1994 CR B 022302 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM 11/18/1960
1990 TR C 196790 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM 11/18/1960
1995 CVG 032986 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM P
1995 CVG 020110 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM P
2009 TR D 217089 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM P 11/18/1960
1999 CVG 030649 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM PAUL
1996 CVG 013566 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM PAUL
Empathy

Bucyrus, OH

#3 Apr 11, 2011
Regardless of a driving record, it's sad that a life was lost. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Simply Amazed

Chillicothe, OH

#4 Apr 11, 2011
It's been nine years since he had a case and twenty-one years since the OVI. Get a life - a man lost his life. My condolences to his family.
Convicted wrote:
William Fritchen Municipal Court record below. Can I ask the State of Ohio: "Why hadn't the State revoked this man driver's license?" In 1990, he was convicted of OVI and there are both criminal and traffic cases documented in the Court file. Is everybody in state government a total lunatic? What are you people DOING? We are getting NOTHING for our tax dollars. NOTHING. A total waste. A person like this DOES NOT DESERVE a license, period.
2002 TR D 106388 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM 11/18/1960
1996 CR A 024343 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM 11/18/1960
1995 TR D 132925 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM 11/18/1960
1994 CR B 022302 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM 11/18/1960
1990 TR C 196790 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM 11/18/1960
1995 CVG 032986 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM P
1995 CVG 020110 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM P
2009 TR D 217089 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM P 11/18/1960
1999 CVG 030649 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM PAUL
1996 CVG 013566 CLOSED DEFENDANT FRITCHEN, WILLIAM PAUL
Wow

Dayton, OH

#5 Apr 11, 2011
Wow Convicted. Pulling up municipal court records? Really? Yeah, that's the first thing that I do after reading about a fatal crash. Cop that pulled him over was probably an idiot. Just ask Big John the Guv.
damocles

Erie, PA

#6 Apr 11, 2011
i was once a truck driver myself. at least once a year i would be pulled over and fined for something. most times where just bogus. i got a speed tickect in ohio for doing 61 mph on i90. they were money makers in some places. it sad that convited needs to worry about this. a human being lost his life and your worried about taxes. you are selfish and arrogant. you may not have a record like this man but you a just as bad of a person that you think he is.
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#7 Apr 11, 2011
Must have been some interesting internet porn.

“Don't Tread On Me”

Since: Mar 11

Columbus, OH

#8 Apr 11, 2011
Simply Amazed wrote:
It's been nine years since he had a case and twenty-one years since the OVI. Get a life - a man lost his life. My condolences to his family.
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The list is not in chronological order; if you actually read it you will see that the most recent date is 2009. The question as to whether this person was fit as a professional driver is valid because he shared to road with you and all of us.

My condolences to his family as well.
Convicted

Columbus, OH

#10 Apr 11, 2011
It's been TWO years, not nine years. And, to make matters worse, his 2009 offense (he was found GUILTY in early 2010) was only adjudicated after a bench warrant was issued for his arrest because he FAILED TO APPEAR in Court at the appointed time. How's about that? First he violates the Law, then he fails to appear!!! Can it get any worse? Yeah, it can...the state could let him keep his license and then he drives into a bridge.

When you have this many violations, and then worse you don't even appear in court, you are NOT ENTITLED TO A DRIVER'S LICENSE. The state has permitted tons of similarly situated VIOLATORS out on the roads and those individuals are out right now killing other motorists. The State needs to use the copious available information to weed out these individuals, REVOKE LICENSES, AND GET THEM OFF OUR PUBLIC ROADS. It didn't take but 3 seconds to determine that this guy has a documented history of violations. And, the State of Ohio knew full well who he was and what he was doing prior to this incident. The State is responsible.
Simply Amazed wrote:
It's been nine years since he had a case and twenty-one years since the OVI. Get a life - a man lost his life. My condolences to his family.
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Convicted

Columbus, OH

#11 Apr 11, 2011
Guy Average Blogspot wrote:
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The list is not in chronological order; if you actually read it you will see that the most recent date is 2009. The question as to whether this person was fit as a professional driver is valid because he shared to road with you and all of us.
My condolences to his family as well.
And, the list is from just Franklin County! Obviously, the guy has driven all over. It's possible, indeed likely, that there are additional violations documented in other jurisdictions.

My point is we are getting nothing for our public safety tax dollars. The purpose of the community spending money on public safety is TO MAKE SURE THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT ON THE ROAD IN THE FIRST PLACE. Once they crash, it's too late: you're dead and/or they've destroyed a lot of property, in this case part of a bridge and caused incalculable other costs in terms of the emergency response. If you want to use PUBLIC roads, there has to be some sort of minimal requirement in terms of responsbility. Having a ton of violations, both criminal and traffic, does not meet the requirement!!!!!
Convicted

Columbus, OH

#12 Apr 11, 2011
Wow wrote:
Wow Convicted. Pulling up municipal court records? Really? Yeah, that's the first thing that I do after reading about a fatal crash. Cop that pulled him over was probably an idiot. Just ask Big John the Guv.
If you research the background and driving history of the operator in single vehicle crashes, you will find that 99.9% of the time there is a paper trail of past violations. In many cases, the history is lurid, dramatic, unmistakable, and a clear indicator of the RISK that the violator poses on public roadways. Using existing databases and simple statistical decision rules, we can easily prospectively identify those most likely to kill themselves or others on the roadways. The State of Ohio refuses to use this data, however, because motor vehicles deaths are considered merely collateral damage in our society and thus there is no motivation to solve this problem. And, so tomorrow you'll read about yet another so-called "single vehicle" crash and upon closer inspection you will see that the operator, yet again, had a documented history of violations. I know...I have studied hundreds of these cases. Big Johnson has seen some of my work on this...I think he agrees with my conclusions.
Noneya

Ringgold, GA

#13 Apr 11, 2011
Rumor has it that this guy was all over the road. Either on drugs or falling asleep. Government needs to get tough on these guys. Semi-truck will destroy a little car and the driver will just think he hit a bump. Damn shame they can't have highways just for big rigs. Then the only people these clowns would kill would be there own.
JJE

Williston Park, NY

#14 Apr 11, 2011
Convicted, we need the goverment to get "These People" off our roads? You have got to be the jack*ss in the left lane doing 45 on the freeway. Taking responsiblity for YOUR OWN automobile on the roads is the safest thing you can do, try that before becoming judge, jury and executioner.
daugther in law

Columbus, OH

#15 Apr 11, 2011
For all of you low life losers who have nothing else better to do than talk about people who have died, i hope you rot in hell! Im sure some of you are regulars on this site and also had something to say about Casey Cossitt! None of you know anything. You only know what the internet and news says. He was actually cut off by a driver a tried to aviod the car and crashed, as told by the sheriff! All of you people think that looking at peoples past means something today. If he had a ticket, for whatever reason, how would you even know it was in his semi? You dont! Obviously he was a good enough driver that he has done this for over 30 years and has worked for numerous companys! You have no idea how myself and our family feels right now. So why dont you people just mind your own damn business and find something else better to do with your lifes than talk about people who have died!!!

“Time traveler”

Since: Apr 10

At large

#16 Apr 11, 2011
I have just one question, Was he with FedEx Ground or FedEx Freight?

“Time traveler”

Since: Apr 10

At large

#17 Apr 11, 2011
daugther in law wrote:
For all of you low life losers who have nothing else better to do than talk about people who have died, i hope you rot in hell! Im sure some of you are regulars on this site and also had something to say about Casey Cossitt! None of you know anything. You only know what the internet and news says. He was actually cut off by a driver a tried to aviod the car and crashed, as told by the sheriff! All of you people think that looking at peoples past means something today. If he had a ticket, for whatever reason, how would you even know it was in his semi? You dont! Obviously he was a good enough driver that he has done this for over 30 years and has worked for numerous companys! You have no idea how myself and our family feels right now. So why dont you people just mind your own damn business and find something else better to do with your lifes than talk about people who have died!!!
You have no way to know that. And why was he reported as driving erratically before this accident. Did he know that someone was going to cut him off ahead of time?

I am sorry that you lost your father in law, but I am happy he didn't take a family of 4 with him
just plain bill

AOL

#18 Apr 11, 2011
CMH Rick wrote:
<quoted text>You have no way to know that. And why was he reported as driving erratically before this accident. Did he know that someone was going to cut him off ahead of time?
I am sorry that you lost your father in law, but I am happy he didn't take a family of 4 with him
It's sad a man died, and my heart goes out to his family. I am also glad that no one else died as a result of this accident. May the poor man rest in peace.
Convicted

Columbus, OH

#19 Apr 11, 2011
daugther in law wrote:
For all of you low life losers who have nothing else better to do than talk about people who have died, i hope you rot in hell! Im sure some of you are regulars on this site and also had something to say about Casey Cossitt! None of you know anything. You only know what the internet and news says. He was actually cut off by a driver a tried to aviod the car and crashed, as told by the sheriff! All of you people think that looking at peoples past means something today. If he had a ticket, for whatever reason, how would you even know it was in his semi? You dont! Obviously he was a good enough driver that he has done this for over 30 years and has worked for numerous companys! You have no idea how myself and our family feels right now. So why dont you people just mind your own damn business and find something else better to do with your lifes than talk about people who have died!!!
What a riot...did you lift those excuses from the Tour Bus Operator on I-95 South in NYC three weeks ago who slaughtered more innocents than an entire Al Quaeda brigade??? The driver (who had a boatload of violations) had the identical excuse and it's laughable. The "he cut me off excuse" is so old, it's older than the the oldest profession.

As for the tickets, it is absolutely irrelevant what "type" of motor vehicle one is operating when ticketed. The purpose of the ticket database is to document the extent of risky BEHAVIORS and determine if a course represents a habitual pattern. Driving 90 MPH in a Pinto (hypothetically) represents the same proclivity to engage in risky behaviors as operating a truck at 90 MPH. We are talking about odious and risky BEHAVIOR, not vehicle types!!! Where you see the number of database entries that you see here, that is a tip off THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM (get it? a problem!). A society that values life (ours doesn't) does not permit people who have a documented history of risky and IRRESPONSIBLE behavior to operate heavy machinery at 70 MPH while innocent families are nearby. But, ours is a society that does not value life and hence you see tons of these a s s h o l e s running amok in the streets everyday. That is a problem for the innocent people in the community.

We need to go through the database which is a goldmine of BEHAVIORAL info and get people off the road who have demonstrated a history of putting OTHERS at risk and, in the instant case, frankly thumbing their nose at the law, too. To not show up in court after one has been lawfully ticketed and then have a bench warrant issued SAYS IT ALL.

There is no way we will get this habitual problem of crashes and all the associated deaths and crippling injuries and property damage stopped unless the public steps forth and demands that it stop. It's that simple.

And, oh, by the way, about tomorrow's inevitable crashes? I told you so, didn't I? I predicted it, didn't I????



Convicted

Columbus, OH

#20 Apr 11, 2011
JJE wrote:
Convicted, we need the goverment to get "These People" off our roads? You have got to be the jack*ss in the left lane doing 45 on the freeway. Taking responsiblity for YOUR OWN automobile on the roads is the safest thing you can do, try that before becoming judge, jury and executioner.
45? What a riot. What's the big rush? Have to hurry to work to pay your debts? What's the big rush? Everybody is in a rush to go nowhere in today's society. Frankly, at 25, I feel like I'm flying. Years ago, people used to actually walk and that'd get you up to 3 MPH at most. Try walking at 5 MPH...you'll feel like 80 on the freeway!!!!

You're the typical American fool, in debt up to your eyeballs and thence have to rush because you're beholden to your slavemaster.

I say 25 MPH, max.

Too funny.
Anonymous

Columbus, OH

#22 Apr 11, 2011
Wow wrote:
Wow Convicted. Pulling up municipal court records? Really? Yeah, that's the first thing that I do after reading about a fatal crash. Cop that pulled him over was probably an idiot. Just ask Big John the Guv.
I am so sorry that the first thing you do is look up driving record. Must have a stone for a heart.
Praying for this trucker's family. That is the first thing I do
Anonymous

Columbus, OH

#23 Apr 11, 2011
Convicted wrote:
It's been TWO years, not nine years. And, to make matters worse, his 2009 offense (he was found GUILTY in early 2010) was only adjudicated after a bench warrant was issued for his arrest because he FAILED TO APPEAR in Court at the appointed time. How's about that? First he violates the Law, then he fails to appear!!! Can it get any worse? Yeah, it can...the state could let him keep his license and then he drives into a bridge.
When you have this many violations, and then worse you don't even appear in court, you are NOT ENTITLED TO A DRIVER'S LICENSE. The state has permitted tons of similarly situated VIOLATORS out on the roads and those individuals are out right now killing other motorists. The State needs to use the copious available information to weed out these individuals, REVOKE LICENSES, AND GET THEM OFF OUR PUBLIC ROADS. It didn't take but 3 seconds to determine that this guy has a documented history of violations. And, the State of Ohio knew full well who he was and what he was doing prior to this incident. The State is responsible.
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HEARTLESS SIMPLY HEARTLESS. Praying for you also.

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