Trucker pleads guilty in crash

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. Full Story

Since: Oct 09

Holyoke, MA

#1 Oct 28, 2009
3 people dead because Middlebusher didn't like to down shift and he didn't secure the rolls of paper. Hope his driving days are over.

Since: Oct 09

Charlestown, MA

#2 Oct 28, 2009
Another out of state killer basically goes free! 3 dead and this jerk skates! The victims are victimized again! Why do these killers do hard time in other jurisdictions but not here??????

Since: Oct 09

Holyoke, MA

#3 Oct 28, 2009
ifihadadollarforeverytime wrote:
Another out of state killer basically goes free! 3 dead and this jerk skates! The victims are victimized again! Why do these killers do hard time in other jurisdictions but not here??????
Good question, I don't get it at all.
Stamford

Holyoke, MA

#4 Oct 28, 2009
Shocked 2 wrote:
<quoted text> Good question, I don't get it at all.
We have to change the laws in the state for sure!!! The conviction of gross negligiance is a felony that will follow this man for the rest of his life. It will bar him from driving tractor trailer trucks, hunting and much more. There will be a day when he feels his life is back to normal and for what ever reason this felony conviction will come back to remind him of his ignorance and arrogance.

“Proud American and Vermonter”

Since: Feb 09

Bennington

#6 Oct 29, 2009
Who Gives A Rats S wrote:
<quoted text>
RV if you ever ventured out into the REAL WORLD you would find out
that most states hand down basically the same sentences for this type
of charge. Here is one that happened by my house in PA.. This jerk
didn't even hit the brakes before he slammed into them...
http://www.observer-reporter.com/or/localnews...
Fortunately the families do get it, even if RV does not.("Given the risks that are associated with trials, the families would be in support of a suspended sentence," Marthage told Judge David Suntag.)

Since: Oct 09

Charlestown, MA

#7 Oct 29, 2009
Marthage said the family of the victims indicated to her that they wanted Middlebusher to take responsibility for his actions and to have a felony conviction on his record.

Under normal circumstances, the completion of a suspended sentence would expunge a felony charge from a personís record, but Marthage said that would not be the case with Middlebusher.

"Given the risks that are associated with trials, the families would be in support of a suspended sentence," Marthage told Judge David Suntag.

She said that there would be a fair risk of a jury finding Middlebusher guilty of a lesser sentence and she could not guarantee a felony conviction.

Marthage said the second crash may have given a jury a reason to find reasonable doubt in the Middlebusher case.

What choice did the family of the victims have? They were caught between a rock and a hard place! How many times have these recommendations from the state come back to bite everyone in the $ss? The good thing in this situation is that when this killer leaves the state it will likely be for the last time! Justice was not served! The victims and the families deserved more support from the state! I hope they get more from any civil suits that might be filed!
Old Crafter

West Dover, VT

#8 Oct 30, 2009
I guarantee there will be civil suits. The driver will be sued, the owner of the truck will be sued, the owner of the trailer will be sued, and the company that loaded the paper onto the trailer in such a reckless manner will be sued.

Can you imagine how the guys in the shipping department who loaded the trailer feel, knowing they were partly responsible for those deaths? Simply because they didn't do their job! They should be sued too.

“279ing my way around Benmont”

Since: Nov 08

not here

#9 Oct 30, 2009
Law suits result in paper business and trucking outfit having to file for bankruptcy. Brattleboro jobs lost because of out-of-towners stupidity. Closure for one family while disrputing many other famiilies, and this guy wouldn't even hang around the court house to negotiate his plea deal? Maybe the state should sue both truckers to recoup expenses related to both accidents. Probably no money there anyway.

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