Truck driver convicted in fatal Wythe County, Texas Truck WreckMay 9, 2013
A Texas truck driver was given one year in jail this week after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a fatal truck wreck in Wythe County. According to the story, Donald Ray Alexander, 46, of Houston, pleaded guilty to the felony charge on May 1 in Wythe County Circuit Court, but he wasn’t sentenced until Tuesday, May 7.
As part of a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Alexander was given a 10-year sentence with all but one year suspended. Alexander will be on supervised probation for three years after his release and was ordered to pay $1,060 in court costs. According to court records, Alexander was charged after a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 77 at the 44 mile marker.
A state trooper said that Alexander tried to turn his tractor-trailer around in a crossover reserved for authorized personnel and was struck by a southbound Chevrolet Sonic driven by 56-year-old John Wesley Schrader of Hillsville, who was killed in the approximately 6:40 p.m. crash.
Alexander was allegedly working for a company called T-Energy for a month at the time of the truck wreck. According to the report, Alexander has a criminal history that includes allegations of domestic violence, manufacturing or delivering crack cocaine, marijuana possession, driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, aggravated assault causing bodily injury and evading arrest, according to his bond paperwork. The full story can be read here.