No charges in crash that killed 8

No charges in crash that killed 8

There are 182 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jul 3, 2007, titled No charges in crash that killed 8. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

No charges will be filed against an Illinois truck driver who was trying to recharge his cell phone when he rammed into stopped traffic on the Indiana Toll Road, killing eight people.

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Responsibility

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Jul 3, 2007
While I'm sure he is devestated;I was always told the person behind in traffic is at fault. They are to be in control of their vehicle.
are-you-kidding

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Jul 3, 2007
Responsibility wrote:
While I'm sure he is devestated;I was always told the person behind in traffic is at fault. They are to be in control of their vehicle.
Wow that was a dynamite comment. Thanks for your great contribution!
Savage Society

Bloomington, IN

#3 Jul 3, 2007
Responsibility wrote:
While I'm sure he is devestated;I was always told the person behind in traffic is at fault. They are to be in control of their vehicle.
I'm sure they will be liable for insurance purposes, but not for criminal charges.
No charges

Carmel, IN

#4 Jul 3, 2007
This is horrible, some type of a charge should be given for his error in driving a vehicle without paying attention. There is no excuse for his action. 8 people die because of a cell phone trying to be charged.
Baldninja

United States

#5 Jul 3, 2007
"At fault" has nothing to do with this story. Of course the driver of the truck was at fault, but that does not equate in any way to him being guilty of a crime. I'm sure that he, along with whatever company he works for, will be sued for a decent amount of money. He'll end up paying for the lives lost in this accident, but with money, not prison time, as it should be. All the prosecutor determined was that there was no reason for this man to be charged criminally, which, based on the information in this article, is 100% on target. The civil cases against the driver, his insurance company and the company he worked for are an entirely seperate issue.
Somalia Children

North Judson, IN

#6 Jul 3, 2007
If all else fails, use the Margaret Graves defense. 'I fell asleep at the wheel and ran over a child.' No charges will be filed.
Doh

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Jul 3, 2007
Jeez, it's called an ACCIDENT? Ever heard of one?

While unfortunate, it was still an accident. Glad he didn't get charged with anything, I'm sure he is devastated as it is.

Unfortunately, probably the families are going to sue the poor guy out of everything he owns, or will own.

Life goes on
Accidents Happen

Cincinnati, OH

#8 Jul 3, 2007
I know there is a tendency for some to crucify this guy, and demand that charges be filed, but really, this could happen to any of us. No one is a perfect driver 100% of the time. Even if we're paying attention, sober, and have both hands on the wheel... one inadvertant movement could kill someone. Would you want to be thrown in prison for one of those moments? I was almost rammed yesterday by a woman whose dog was jumping around in the front seat. I have seen people read their newspapers while driving (yes, while the car is on motion, not at a stoplight!), put on their makeup, and of course, smokers and cell phone users are engaging in activities other than focusing 100% on driving. We're all just a breath away from causing an accident, especially if doing one of the aforementioned activities. This guy was distracted by a cell phone charger. We could all learn from this and just cut back on extracurricular activity in the car. But knowing that I am not perfect and have been in accidents myself, I won't jump out and crucify this guy. I am not sure how I'd live with the guilt.
indy

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Jul 3, 2007
Baldninja wrote:
"At fault" has nothing to do with this story. Of course the driver of the truck was at fault, but that does not equate in any way to him being guilty of a crime. I'm sure that he, along with whatever company he works for, will be sued for a decent amount of money. He'll end up paying for the lives lost in this accident, but with money, not prison time, as it should be. All the prosecutor determined was that there was no reason for this man to be charged criminally, which, based on the information in this article, is 100% on target. The civil cases against the driver, his insurance company and the company he worked for are an entirely seperate issue.
While I agree with you the person that caused the accident can never PAY for the lives lost in this accident. There is never enough money for someone's life especially to the families that lost a love one.
ABATE Biker

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Jul 3, 2007
Doh wrote:
Jeez, it's called an ACCIDENT? Ever heard of one?
While unfortunate, it was still an accident. Glad he didn't get charged with anything, I'm sure he is devastated as it is.
Unfortunately, probably the families are going to sue the poor guy out of everything he owns, or will own.
Life goes on
And what do you suggest the vivtims' families do? Just chalk it up to bad luck? BTW, if you ask any state trooper, they'll tell you there is no such thing as an "accident", only crashes because all are preventable.
logic

Vincennes, IN

#11 Jul 3, 2007
Accidents Happen wrote:
I know there is a tendency for some to crucify this guy, and demand that charges be filed, but really, this could happen to any of us. No one is a perfect driver 100% of the time. Even if we're paying attention, sober, and have both hands on the wheel... one inadvertant movement could kill someone. Would you want to be thrown in prison for one of those moments? I was almost rammed yesterday by a woman whose dog was jumping around in the front seat. I have seen people read their newspapers while driving (yes, while the car is on motion, not at a stoplight!), put on their makeup, and of course, smokers and cell phone users are engaging in activities other than focusing 100% on driving. We're all just a breath away from causing an accident, especially if doing one of the aforementioned activities. This guy was distracted by a cell phone charger. We could all learn from this and just cut back on extracurricular activity in the car. But knowing that I am not perfect and have been in accidents myself, I won't jump out and crucify this guy. I am not sure how I'd live with the guilt.
I agree with you 100%. In response to your last sentence.....can you say nightmares?
new palasteen farmboy

Schiller Park, IL

#12 Jul 3, 2007
Doh wrote:
Jeez, it's called an ACCIDENT? Ever heard of one?
While unfortunate, it was still an accident. Glad he didn't get charged with anything, I'm sure he is devastated as it is.
Unfortunately, probably the families are going to sue the poor guy out of everything he owns, or will own.
Life goes on
Apparently you aren't related to any of the 8 dead. I would prefer the government stay out of my life but this cell phone ignorance has to stop and a law is the only way to do it. Make people like this idiot truck driver responsible for their actions behind the wheel.
Thought Police

Crown Point, IN

#13 Jul 3, 2007
ABATE Biker wrote:
<quoted text>
And what do you suggest the vivtims' families do? Just chalk it up to bad luck? BTW, if you ask any state trooper, they'll tell you there is no such thing as an "accident", only crashes because all are preventable.
Of course, they're preventable. That's why it's called negligence. However, negligence is not criminal.
Red White and Blue

Newark, OH

#14 Jul 3, 2007
This report is total bs; the truck
driver's inattention resulted in the
crash. In Michigan (where I was a
LEO) this would be charged under
a motorvehicle specific statute of
Negligent Homocide (part of the vehicle
code), basically it's careless driving
where someone gets killed. Willfull
and wanton disregard for life/property
is not a necessary element of the crime. It's a felony and only applies
to motorvehicle deaths.
proud to be an American

Auburn Hills, MI

#15 Jul 3, 2007
I don't understand why the truck driver in the Taylor University crash received a prison sentence if this man doesn't. Just because he had driven over his hours, doesn't make the driver from Michigan an criminal either. In either case, my sympathy goes out to the families and the drivers.
PDwife

Carmel, IN

#16 Jul 3, 2007
Everyone was quick to want a trial against the truck driver who killed the Taylor Univ. students, really, how is this different?
Either you make EVERYONE responsible for making fatal errors or you chalk it up as an accident.
To me, falling asleep at the wheel is more accidental since you can nod off without intention but you have to INTENTIONALLY reach down to plug your cell phone in.
Doh

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Jul 3, 2007
ABATE Biker wrote:
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And what do you suggest the vivtims' families do? Just chalk it up to bad luck? BTW, if you ask any state trooper, they'll tell you there is no such thing as an "accident", only crashes because all are preventable.
Everything is preventable. Kid falls off a swingset, It's preventable. They shouldn't have been on it.

Guy swerves to miss a deer, hits another car. All deer should be exterminated.

Child falls out of bed at night, busts his/her head open. I know, let's all sleep on the floor.

A piece of lettuce isn't washed properly, someone gets sick. I know, lets sue the guy who washed the lettuce leaf, his company, and his family.

No wonder this country is going to hell in a handbasket. In thirty years, everyone will be walking around in their own little bubble, with their lawyer bubble right next to them.

Raising a punch of pansies.

Sadly, my children will never know the fun of a BB gun war, riding their bikes without their helmets, or a good old fashioned game of smeer the queer. Why? Because someone little boy might have a welt, or some neighbor will think I'm 'endangering' my child, and I'll get sued.

Welcome to the most advanced our civilization has become. Rolling eyes.
Doh

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Jul 3, 2007
new palasteen farmboy wrote:
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Apparently you aren't related to any of the 8 dead. I would prefer the government stay out of my life but this cell phone ignorance has to stop and a law is the only way to do it. Make people like this idiot truck driver responsible for their actions behind the wheel.
Lets ban cell phones!
wut

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Jul 3, 2007
No charges wrote:
This is horrible, some type of a charge should be given for his error in driving a vehicle without paying attention. There is no excuse for his action. 8 people die because of a cell phone trying to be charged.
i agree, no one to hold accountable as usual in this state. this is horrible not to have any charges whatsoever.
yup

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Jul 3, 2007
Doh wrote:
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Lets ban cell phones!
the majority of this country has banned hand held phones but good ole indiana is far behind the times as usual. they had a chance to make it law 2 years ago instead they raised the speed limit on the interstate. STUPID. indiana, the place where everyone is reactive instead of being proactive. it always takes a loss of life to get the attention of the "state congress" to do anything and even that being said, thats like herding turtles.

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