Semi Driver Charged with Homicide In Truck Accident That Killed Six In Nebraska

Sep 23, 2016 0 Comments in Uncategorized by

09/23/2016

Reminder of the week:

Semi Driver Charged with Homicide In Truck Accident That Killed Six In Nebraska

In August, a truck driver who was involved in an accident that resulted in the death of six people, and serious injuries to six others, was charged with vehicular homicide. Tony Weekly Jr., 53, a commercial truck driver, was charged with five counts of homicide, and is expected to stand trial sometime in 2017.

Weekly, a resident of Baker, Florida, was also charged with reckless driving, and is an inmate at in the Keith County jail, where he is being held on $1 million bail.

Accident Details

The truck accident occurred on July 31, 2016, at about 11:30 a.m. on Interstate 80. Weekly was traveling westbound in a commercial truck through a construction zone with a temporary speed limit of 65 miles per hour, 10 miles lower than the normal speed limit of 75 miles per hour.

For reasons that are still unknown, Weekly did not slow down as he approached a 2006 Dodge minivan in traffic, and his truck slammed into the rear of that van, causing extensive damage.

Jamison Pals, 29 was driving the minivan, and his wife Kathryne, 29 and their three children were also passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident. The impact of the collision drove the Dodge minivan into a 1994 Plymouth Voyager minivan, a 2015 Nissan Rogue SUV, and a 2013 Ford van. Weekly’s semi-truck and the 2006 Dodge minivan erupted into flames.

All five members of the Pals family died at the scene of the accident. The children were identified as 3-year-old Ezra, 2-year-old Violet, and 2 ½-month-old Calvin. Terry Sullivan, the 56-year-old driver of the Plymouth minivan was taken to the hospital, where he died the next day after being placed on life support. Weekly was treated for minor injuries, released from the hospital, and arrested.

Police described Weekly as “inattentive and distracted by outside influences,” and said he failed to slow down as his truck neared the Pals’ minivan.

Distracted driving has been a persistent problem with commercial drivers, because any loss of focus can lead to a devastating accident.

Thank You! BE SAFE OUT THERE! 

Klemens Kuqi

Compliance Manager