Bail reduced

There are 8 comments on the Bennington Banner story from Apr 26, 2008, titled Bail reduced. In it, Bennington Banner reports that:

The truck driver charged with causing a double-fatal crash in Woodford had his bail lowered to $20,000 Friday, but was still in jail as of Friday evening.

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Samantha

Brattleboro, VT

#1 Apr 26, 2008
Unfortunately accidents happen and this man did not go out looking to harm anybody. He was doing his job to support his family and he may have made a mistake with his driving ability and his load that he was carrying but don't you think that he is suffering too?
a concerned friend

Brunswick, ME

#2 Apr 26, 2008
Didn't go out looking to harm anybody? If that was the case, he would have made better decisions before leaving Brattleboro. Him suffering? I'm sure he is, but what about the families of the two young men that were killed? Those are the ones that are truly suffering, especially the children. Even in jail he'll be able to talk to his wife and kids, where these kids will never be able to talk to their father's again. He knew that his load wasn't secured, he knew that he was driving too fast, and he didn't want to down-shift! He made the mistakes...he needs to live with the consequences... Granted that there have been a number of accidents on this corner, but when someone clearly disregards the posted signs all the way down the mountain...they are putting other peoples lives at risk! Why isn't the trucker's company getting involved? I think that speaks volumes. My heart goes out to the the victims families. This is a tragedy that could have been avoided! I appologize if I sound cold-hearted, but its about time that people start taking responsibilty for their actions....
proud truck driver

Newburyport, MA

#3 Apr 26, 2008
contrary to what has been written in the banner, as a truck driver i have hauled these rolls of paper there is no way to actually secure these rolls, loaded properly ive never had them shift speeding however is another story.but no load bar that im aware of would secure them rolls.these are aluminum trailers made of aluminum so the trucks can haul more weight,im not suprised about a big company like heartland not supprting there driver ,to these people us truck drivers are just a number.i m sure this fella didnt wake up that morning to kill sombody ,as a hole most truck drivers i know are good hard working profesionals and it upsets me to see people in this forum bad mouthing us all as a whole. i see numerous ocasions on a daily basis where i as driver avoid serious accidents becouse of stupid moves that four wheelers make.truck drivin is dangerous work not to be taken lightly people dont understand what we go through so that you all get the goods you need on a daily basis. waitin at shippers stuck in traffic spending weeks at a time away from home. its hard work but im dam proud to say im an american truck driver.dont judge us all becouse of one mans negligance, its not fair.everything that you people touch drive wipe your butt with etc etc etc. was brouht on a truck think about it.were all not bad people.
Stacy

Apo, AE

#4 Apr 26, 2008
I drove that same road every day for my 4 years of high school. I know that road so well and have driven with tractor trailer trucks on it often. There are signs posted every where on that road. I slowed down to go around that turn everytime because it is such a sharp turn and I drove a small car. That driver made the decision to ignore those signs and killed one of my brothers friends and a friend to so many people in my hometown. He needs to be held responsible. And him pleading not guilty proves he is not taking responsiblity for his actions that got two people killed.
Friend of Tom

New Haven, CT

#5 Apr 27, 2008
It's not about how BAD you truckers are, it's about him being negligent and now Tom and Jeff's children NEVER get to see their Daddy again, his kids will see him one way or the other. His wife is completely wrong also because all she's thinking about is that he's the sole provider for her kids to eat and live. Well Tom and Jeff are DEAD, their lives taken from them in the prime of their lives, never to be seen by their kids, to support them, hold them or wipe their tears when they need their Daddy......... their Dads and Moms and families and friends... I care about truckers too and I love those trucks and yes, you are not all BAD but this was thoughtless, we don't need thoughtless on the road(weather a trucker or other but trucks KILL faster than cars do.) and he needs to be responsible for what he did to those young, wonderful men who won't make it to HIS age...If I was a friend of the trucker I'd have said the same thing as I'm saying here now.......
dan

Schenectady, NY

#6 Apr 27, 2008
a concerned friend wrote:
Didn't go out looking to harm anybody? If that was the case, he would have made better decisions before leaving Brattleboro. Him suffering? I'm sure he is, but what about the families of the two young men that were killed? Those are the ones that are truly suffering, especially the children. Even in jail he'll be able to talk to his wife and kids, where these kids will never be able to talk to their father's again. He knew that his load wasn't secured, he knew that he was driving too fast, and he didn't want to down-shift! He made the mistakes...he needs to live with the consequences... Granted that there have been a number of accidents on this corner, but when someone clearly disregards the posted signs all the way down the mountain...they are putting other peoples lives at risk! Why isn't the trucker's company getting involved? I think that speaks volumes. My heart goes out to the the victims families. This is a tragedy that could have been avoided! I appologize if I sound cold-hearted, but its about time that people start taking responsibilty for their actions....
I agree that the driver was in the wrong, he was driving too fast and he should in for form or another pay for what he has done. I also believe that it is less difficult to evaluate the situation and make assumptions as to what the drivers intentions were that day if you are on the outside looking in. But for you to suggest that he intended on harming people that day is outragous. The man has too much to lose, his job, his family and his own life.
Tracy

Bainbridge, NY

#7 May 2, 2008
I have sat here and read every comment-first to the trucker who writes that people are bad mouthing all truckers-give me a break! Nobody is bad mouthing all truckers -just this inconsiderate arrogant one! He was quoted as saying "i don't like to drive in low gears" What the hell does that mean? Let me translate "I know what I should have done but instead I did what I wanted and managed to kill 2 young men." My uncle was a trucker for years and was as you are away from his family hard-working etc.ect that has nothing to do with the fact that this particular trucker didn't take his responsibility to heart. He was reckless and he made really bad choices. Now he will have to live with the consequences just as we all do in our own lives. Secondly, to "Samantha" obviously if this were your loved one you would feel much differently. This truck driver is probably suffering in the sense that jail is not a country club-real suffering is when your son never comes home again, suffering is when you never even get to see him again not even to say goodbye! Suffering is listening to your close friends heart break because her son is gone forver. It saddens me that the world is so full of people who are so quick to state their opinions when they are in no way emotionally connected to the situation. To those people-may you never have to go through what the families of these two wonderful young men are experiencing-oh how differently you would feel!
Cousin of Tom

Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

#8 May 10, 2008
The reality here is that these two young men were taken from their families by a man who obviously disregaded his responsibility to ensure the safety of other's while operating his truck.
Honestly, who cares if the truckers family now does not have a "bread winner" at home to feed his kids because I'm pretty sure they'll eat one way or another. His kids will still be able to see their father.
What's important and should not be overlooked by anyone is that Tom will never again get to spend one single minute of the life he deserves with his kids.
Although some may feel that this is a tragedy that they would choose to refer to as an "accident" you should still not forget that there must be accountability in the matter and the guilty party charged and served his sentence.
In no way am I heartless in this matter toward the trucker because this situation is something no one wanted, but he must own up.
The media in this matter, but more importantly in the future should be hesitant of how they portray themselves in their "duty" as they see it when reporting on events regardless of their nature. It's only good sense, but more importantly it's the right thing to do.

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