A Pennsylvania man has been extradited from North Carolina to face charges stemming from a collision on May 28 that left a 34-year-old man dead. Reports state that the incident occurred when the driver of a box truck, the 42-year-old man now facing charges, failed to stop and crashed into another vehicle in Whitehall. It is believed that alcohol played a part in the fatal accident.
The crash took place in the westbound lane of Route 22 around 8:30 p.m when a tractor-trailer driver had to suddenly apply his brakes due to backed-up traffic. The box truck driver didn't stop in time, and when he collided with the victim's vehicle, he smashed it into the back of the semi. The victim was pronounced dead when authorities arrived. The 42-year-old driver is now facing several charges related to drunk driving. These charges include involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence and vehicular homicide while driving under the influence.
The driver was arraigned on Oct. 26 and denied bail. Police report that the man's blood alcohol content was nearly three times over the legal limit when tested. This is not the first time the box truck driver has faced alcohol-related charges; court records show that he pleaded guilty to drunken driving in 2012 and was given probation.
The driver in this case is facing severe criminal charges related to his alleged drunken driving, but this does little for any surviving family members the victim may have. When this type of negligent act results in death, the family of the victim may be able to bring forth a wrongful death suit regardless of the outcome of the criminal trial. With legal assistance, they may be able to recover financial compensation for the loss of their family member.
Source: The Morning Call, "Alleged drunk driver back in Pa. to face Rt. 22 fatal crash charges", Laurie Mason Schroeder , October 26, 2014