Judge Rules Truck Driver Will Stand Trial for Bonne Terre Crash That Killed Three

By April 20, 2011Trucking Accidents

In January, as a southern Illinois semi truck accident attorney, I wrote here about a rear-end truck accident that killed a father, a son and the son’s pregnant girlfriend. Truck driver Robert Carmona, 37, is accused of rear-ending a car driven by Frank Weber, 56, of De Soto, Missouri as Weber was stopped at an intersection. The crash killed Weber and Bonne Terre residents Aaron Weber, 20, and Rachel Sharp, 18. On April 19, KDSK reported that a judge ruled that there’s enough evidence against Carmona, a New York resident, to go to trial. A trial date will be set at a hearing next month; Carmona is being held on $300,000 bail.
Frank Weber was stopped at an intersection on Highway 67 when the crash took place. Around 1:30 p.m., Carmona’s tractor-trailer slammed into the back end of their Ford Crown Victoria. None was wearing a seat belt. The crash pushed both the car and the big rig several hundred feet away and off the side of the road. All three were pronounced dead at the scene. Carmona was not hurt. After the crash, reports said he was driving with a suspended license at the time, with court filings indicated that his license had been suspended for stealing fuel. When Carmona is tried, he will face three counts of involuntary manslaughter as well as one count of driving with a revoked license.
As a St. Louis 18-wheeler accident lawyer, I am especially interested in the suspended license. No trucking company should hire a driver without a license, but a few unscrupulous companies prefer to save a little money by hiring these unqualified drivers on the cheap. When the license was suspended for safety reasons, this practice puts everyone on the road, including the unlicensed trucker, in danger. Stealing fuel is not exactly a safety issue, of course, but it does raise questions about what else Carmona might be willing to do. When trucking companies knowingly break the law, or intentionally turn a blind eye to drivers’ law-breaking, they may be legally and financially liable for any accidents that result.


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