Illinois man pleads guilty to felony charge after accident

Whenever police have people pulled over along the side of a highway, it can create a precarious situation for the police, the person pulled over and even other drivers on the road. This kind of situation can easily lead to an accident and injuries for anyone involved. A situation like this unfolded in Illinois and led to more than one felony charge for a truck driver involved.

The 54-year-old truck driver was reportedly  going 68 mph when he came upon a police officer’s flashing lights. The police officer had a car pulled over for a traffic violation at the time. The truck driver was not able to move over, as he said he mentally dozed off as he approached the officer and vehicle. His vehicle then hit the officer, and the police officer died as a result of the impact.

The truck driver was cited for a number of criminal accusations and violations, one of which related to the fact that he did not have the proper license to drive the truck through Illinois but was only licensed to drive in another state. The driver apparently did not have past violations, and alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the accident. He was charged with and pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and also not having a valid license for the truck. He was sentenced to probation and fined as a result of plea negotiations.

Any kind of serious car accident can potentially result in a felony charge for a variety of reasons. Anyone facing a felony charge regarding a car accident in Illinois may want to be aware of the possible penalties or fines they may could face as they prepare to respond to the formal allegations. Also, the facts of the accident — such as vehicle speed and proper licensing — may also factor into how a case is handled and what possible defense options or strategies may be implemented on behalf of the person charged.

Source:, “Truck Driver Pleads Guilty In Death Of State Trooper“, Mike Plunkett, Sept. 30, 2014

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