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Truck driver pleads guilty to fatal drunk driving crash

A man from South Carolina has entered a guilty plea in connection with allegations that he caused a fatal accident the day before Thanksgiving in 2013 in Virginia. The man, age 43, decided to plead guilty to charges that had been reduced to involuntary manslaughter and a drug charge, among others. The man had a history of DUI because of drug intoxication. He could face more than four years' prison time in connection with the incident.

Authorities report that the defendant was behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer rig that crossed the centerline on a major thoroughfare in Virginia during the holiday season. The man reportedly had methamphetamine and cocaine inside the cab of his truck, along with an open container of alcohol. The man smashed into a vehicle carrying the 60-year-old victim, a local daycare teacher at a church. She died just outside the church in the driving while intoxicated accident.

This is not the man's first violation. In fact, it appears that he should have never gotten behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer because his driver's license had been suspended in South Carolina. The man's father owns the limited liability company, which has been in trouble with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on several occasions. Some of the company's trucks have even been taken off the road when intoxicating substances were found inside the cab. Drivers for that company have also been nabbed for failing to drive with a valid operator's license.

The defendant in this case chose to plead guilty to the charges he faced, which allowed for the accusations to actually be reduced in severity. In exchange for admitting to the drunk driving charges, the man may receive a reduced sentence. Guilty pleas are not appropriate for every criminal case, but they can be useful in certain situations.

Source: WTVR, "Trucker pleads guilty in Henrico accident that killed daycare worker" Alix Bryan, Apr. 25, 2014

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