Intoxicated Semi-Truck Driver Charged After Crash Claims Four Lives
Semi-Truck Driver Charged with Reckless Homicide Following Fatal Crash in Wayne County, Indiana
All drivers can cause life-altering accidents when they break the law – but when truck drivers fail to observe our traffic laws and regulations, the results can be particularly catastrophic. In one tragic recent example, an allegedly intoxicated semi-truck driver traveling on eastbound I-70 in Wayne County caused a multi-vehicle crash that claimed the lives of four children.
According to news reports, 31-year-old Corey R. Withrow was “erratically” driving a Kenworth semi-truck at high speeds in the minutes leading up to the crash, failing to slow for a construction zone on the I-70 freeway. After rear-ending a passenger car, Withrow’s truck pushed it into another semi-truck before both vehicles veered off the road and burst into flames.
As a direct result of this horrific crash, four young occupants of the passenger car – ranging between the ages of 6 and 15 – lost their lives. While the driver of the second semi-truck was unharmed, the driver of the passenger car was critically injured and had to be transported to an Indianapolis hospital by medical helicopter.
According to toxicology reports released by the Wayne County Sherriff’s Office, Mr. Withrow was allegedly intoxicated with multiple drugs at the time of the collision. He has been charged with four counts of reckless homicide and four counts of operating while intoxicated causing death, as well as one count of operating while intoxicated and causing injury.
How Can Families Hold Trucking Companies and Drivers Accountable?
At Wagner Reese, our hearts go out to the parents and surviving family members of the children who died in this senseless crash, as well as the injured car driver. As truck accident attorneys who have long served the Indianapolis area, we often see cases involving gross negligence and recklessness like this one – and although we are glad that prosecutors have chosen to pursue criminal charges against Mr. Withrow, we also know from experience that criminal proceedings alone do not always offer full justice for surviving family members.
Bringing a civil lawsuit for wrongful death and negligence can help affected loved ones find some measure of peace in the wake of devastating losses. Because trucking companies are often responsible for pushing drivers to meet unreasonable deadlines and skirt federal trucking regulations, the families in this matter may have grounds to sue the larger company as well as the negligent driver. By representing crash victims and their family members in truck accident lawsuits, our team strives to help each client recover fair compensation and some degree of restitution.
If you need to speak with an attorney about this incident or a similar claim, we encourage you to contact our team at Wagner Reese and explore your legal options. Call (888) 204-8440 today or submit our online form.