Trucker in fatal accepts plea deal

Trucker in fatal accepts plea deal

There are 15 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Oct 29, 2009, titled Trucker in fatal accepts plea deal. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

A New Jersey trucker who was involved in a Route 9 crash that took the lives of three people in April 2008 pleaded guilty Tuesday in Bennington District Court to gross negligent operation of a vehicle with resulting fatality.

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Laura Austan

Brattleboro, VT

#1 Oct 29, 2009
OMG. I hope these innocent people that he killed by negligence and arrogance haunt him all his days, because they aren't getting justice here in Vermont.
flat lander

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#2 Oct 29, 2009
the lords prayers should help the kin get by but a eye for a eye in vt. isn't in the courts opinions. if any maybe the ins. co will lighten the load and grief.
BlackVW

Lisbon Falls, ME

#3 Oct 29, 2009
Do you really think this man intentionally killed these innocent people?? Do you really think more time in jail is sufficent "punishment" for such an accident?

“Proud American and Vermonter”

Since: Feb 09

Bennington

#4 Oct 29, 2009
BlackVW wrote:
Do you really think this man intentionally killed these innocent people?? Do you really think more time in jail is sufficent "punishment" for such an accident?
I'm sure this man did not get up that day and say I am going to go out and kill someone today, but his actions and in-actions that day caused him to do just that. He made decisions that day that led to the death of three innocent people.
Vermonter

Clockville, NY

#5 Oct 29, 2009
BlackVW wrote:
Do you really think this man intentionally killed these innocent people?? Do you really think more time in jail is sufficent "punishment" for such an accident?
This man did not get up that day and say i think i am going to kill 3 people but he did.Thats the bottom line he took 3 dads from kids. These men are people and they were killed that day. He should be put through what that man was put through hell he held on for 6 months. No jail time will bring the men back but it would make the familes feel alot better!!!!!!!!!!11
Common Sense

Sterling, MA

#6 Oct 29, 2009
The guy didn't intentionally do it, but he is the one that was carrying the load. He's not the only one. Look at everyone speeding on the highways, risking everything to save minutes. Is it worth the cost? Not in my opinion.
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

#7 Oct 29, 2009
If you make it the truck owners and the loading authority's responsibility for controlling the loads on a trailer it wouldn’t happen anymore. These paper rolls are notorious for this. You give the guy with the less power to load lock the loads. Basically campaign contribution inappropriately place the burdens on the driver. These pickup sites if a driver ask them to load lock there trailers...they would tell the driver to get lost we will find another driver then you will have to sit around doing nothing for days.
Smokey the Bandit

Westland, MI

#8 Oct 29, 2009
All fun and games 'til someone looses an eye.............professional drivers my azzz, only when the road is straight and wide. Didn't he get the hint when leaving Bennington he wasn't in Kansas. Grade signs, runaway truck exits, sharp curves.
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

#9 Oct 29, 2009
Christ man, there is nothing but ant hills till you get to the Rockies.
emsrt9

Walpole, NH

#10 Oct 29, 2009
Im willing to bet that on of those cars that hit him was probably speeding on that rd like most ever one of you do.Yes that rd sucks for driving any thing in any weather what was that day like do you guys know I don't. yes it's sad people die it happens suck it up. The trucker did not do it on purposes its a accident he got in trouble writing up probably lost his job any one who has a CDL knows what I mean not you experts who set in your little hondas and think you know because you don't. I know that this man will have to live with this for ever and if he was a good man before then this will probably destroy him if it hasn't. Im just sick of you people every day do this crap from behind your laptops maybe if any any of you did a job like I have for 12 years in EMS picking up body's off of rd from accident of some on kills them self because 5 years ago they go in to a accident and kill a child by accident and was found not to be at fault could not live with it any more. people don't seam to care any more about the bigger picture or the whole story. unless this guy drove his truck in to some one to kill them because he was after that person to do a crime then by all means hang him and save my taxes. It was a accident try to be a little respectful.
Joe

Chester, VT

#11 Oct 30, 2009
There is no way to secure 8,000 pound rolls of paper in a box trailer. To be secure they would need to be chained down like heavy things are chained down on flatbeds.

As mike points out the drivers are just part of the problem, the whole industry is sick as hell. The driver is just the fall guy who gets charged.
McDonalds and other places are responsable for the safety of the public and have to insure they serve safe food, nobody would dream of charging some kid just hired if the corporation failed to properly train and supervise the young person in food handling.

The Teamsters where the only defense drivers had against management and they have been mostly run out of trucking so to hang some unemployed person desperate enough to take a trucking job after they screw up trying to keep a job will only fill up the jails.

The safety record of stop&shop's union fleet compared to the outfits that haul for C&S was unreal, not even in the same ballpark.
PURPLE

Walpole, NH

#12 Oct 30, 2009
I think we need to send a LOUD and CLEAR message to the community that you need to be more careful & aware of potential hazards that could happen so something like this does not happen again. I strong sentence wouold get the word out to truckers that you need to be held responsible for your actions AND THEN MAYBE THEY WOULD THINK BEFORE THEY PROCEED & LEAN ALWAYS ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION. I agree that this man did not intend to harm anyone but the fact remains that he did. This should never happen again. I hold my breath every time I go around that corner not knowing what may be coming at me. I feel for all involved.
flat lander

United States

#13 Oct 30, 2009
EMSRT9 if they were going just a little faster they would of made it by and never have seen a thing. Using that theory I'm going to push that old lady out of the way and get her lottery ticket. gotta go now.
Joe

Chester, VT

#14 Oct 30, 2009
PURPLE wrote:
I think we need to send a LOUD and CLEAR message to the community that you need to be more careful & aware of potential hazards that could happen so something like this does not happen again. I strong sentence wouold get the word out to truckers that you need to be held responsible for your actions AND THEN MAYBE THEY WOULD THINK BEFORE THEY PROCEED & LEAN ALWAYS ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION. I agree that this man did not intend to harm anyone but the fact remains that he did. This should never happen again. I hold my breath every time I go around that corner not knowing what may be coming at me. I feel for all involved.
More simpleton logic.
Only in your fuzzy world what you suggest hasn't already been done, if the guy was given the death penalty or life in jail not a thing would change. The criminal justice system has already fried lots of drivers.

The industry is a revolving door of inexperianced people who take the jobs out of desperation. They are over worked, under paid and if they don't do as they are told, they will be totally starved out of the industry.
BlackVW

Lisbon Falls, ME

#16 Oct 30, 2009
Putting this driver in jail helps no one.

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