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Trucker receives criminal charges for fatal accident

On Nov. 19, a truck accident in Pennsylvania killed two people and injured nine others. The 50-year-old truck driver, who is believed to be responsible for the accident, has received criminal charges. According to reports, the driver fell asleep at the wheel before slamming into several cars. He has been charged for two counts of homicide by vehicle, two counts for involuntary manslaughter, 10 counts for reckless endangerment and nine counts for aggravated assault while driving.

The fatal semi-truck accident took place along Route 222 in Maidencreek Township at approximately 6:30 a.m. Before the wreck, the trucker was driving southbound in front of a Dunkin' Donuts. Some vehicles in the southbound lane and two vehicles waiting to leave the Dunkin' Donuts parking lot were hit by the semi-truck. The two cars that were leaving the parking lot were pushed against the store's sign, and the truck ended up on top of a vehicle.

A police officer who was in the parking lot at the time heard the impact of the crash and called for an ambulance. Footage that was captured by Dunkin' Donuts surveillance cameras reportedly enabled charges to be filed against the truck driver the same day. According to the Berks County coroner, the two deceased individuals were a 23-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman.

When a family loses a loved one in a fatal truck accident like this, they could choose to seek monetary compensation from the person or company at fault. An attorney might be able to help family members in this situation gather all of the evidence that exists to prove liability and present it in a wrongful death claim.

Source: WFMZ, "Fatal accident closes Route 222 in Berks County", November 19, 2014

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