Driver In Fatal 18 Wheeler Accident Faces Homicide ChargesNovember 9, 2015
The driver in a Louisiana fatal 18 wheeler accident faces several charges, including negligent homicide, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and felony hit-and-run. Daniel Alex Coy, 25, of Gulfport, Mississippi, was arrested last week in connection with a fatal 18 wheeler accident involving his pickup truck and two tractor trailers. One of the tractor trailers fell off a bridge and into the Pearl River on the Mississippi/Louisiana border, killing the driver.
Details of the Fatal 18 Wheeler Accident
Police reports and witness accounts of the fatal 18 wheeler accident state that Mr. Coy was traveling westbound on Interstate 10 in the far left lane. Mr. Coy was driving his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when he attempted to pass a tractor trailer on the right shoulder. Mr. Coy reportedly swerved to avoid a guardrail and bumped into the 18 wheeler he tried to pass. The bump forced the tractor trailer into the neighboring lane, where it struck another big rig. The truck in the far right lane collided with a concrete barrier, then fell into the Pearl River.
Divers Find Fatal 18 Wheeler Accident Victim
A team of scuba divers with the Louisiana State Patrol found the remains of the fatal 18 wheeler accident victim in the river the next morning. Officials with the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s pronounced the driver dead at the scene. The driver of the other tractor trailer did not report any injuries. Workers with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) attempted to remove the tractor trailer from the river, but were unsuccessful. DOTD officials closed both sides of the freeway until they could repair the damaged guardrails.
Police Track Down Fatal 18 Wheeler Accident Driver
Witness reports at the fatal 18 wheeler accident scene stated that a dark-colored pickup truck collided with one of the tractor trailers. An investigation into the fatal 18 wheeler accident found that the truck matched the description of Mr. Coy’s pickup. The truck involved in the fatal 18 wheeler accident was registered in Gulfport, where Mr. Coy lives. Authorities in Mississippi arrested Mr. Coy and are preparing to extradite him to Louisiana to face several charges.
Charges From Fatal 18 Wheeler Accident
The most serious of the charges in the fatal 18 wheeler accident include negligent homicide. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years and maximum fine of $5,000. The charges from the fatal 18 wheeler accident also include reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and felony hit-and-run. The reckless driving charge carries a maximum sentence of six months, while the felony hit-and-run charge could merit a sentence of up to ten years.
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