Double Fatality DUI Crash Gets Trucker Convicted For 25 Years
A truck driver from Tennessee was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for causing a crash that killed two people while he was intoxicated and driving with a revoked CDL back in 2016.Truck driver Randall Weddle, aged 55 was sentenced in a Knox County, Maine, court on March 23 after he was found guilty on fifteen charges, including aggravated DUI, failure to provide a specimen and manslaughter.The charges relate to a crash that happened two years ago and Weddle was placed out of service by the FMCSA for the same. Christina Torres-York, 45, and Paul Fowles, 74, were the two people who got killed in the said crash.
As per the FMCSA’s account regarding the fatal crash:
On March 18, 2016, Weddle was operating a large commercial truck for Tennessee-based R&E Logistics, Inc., USDOT No. 942198. At approximately 4:47 p.m., while traveling on Route 17 in Knox County, Maine, thetrailer portion of Weddle’s rig crossed the centerline, tipped over, and began scattering its load of lumber across the roadway. At the time of the crash, Weddle’s truck was traveling approximately 80 miles-per-hour in a posted 55 miles-per-hour speed limit zone.
As the truck and trailer and its load of lumber continued to slide down the roadway at a high rate of speed, a pick-up truck, an SUV, and a minivan, in turn, were struck. The pick-up truck was crushed, killing its driver. The collision with the SUVcaused it to roll over once before it collided with another vehicle. The minivan hit by Weddle’s truck was also partially buried under the lumber load; a fire ensued, engulfing the minivan. The sole occupant of the minivan was killed. Two additional crash victims were airlifted to the hospital.
During investigation it was found out that Weddle was in violation of several federal hours-of-service regulations that have been designed to prevent fatigued driving.Weddle had 48 driving crime convictions prior to the fatal 2016 crash, including 12 DUI convictions in four different states.
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