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January 31, 2015

Trucker found guilty of negligent homicide in girl's death

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  • rah posted at 8:42 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    rah Posts: 167

    Sad for all, agreed. Media did not sway me. Knowing her and the circumstances formed my opinion.

  • rah posted at 8:41 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    rah Posts: 167

    Texas City has no sidewalks on neighborhood streets but, that does not mean he can forget that he must yield sidewalks or not. He knew the turning radius. He knew her bus top was there. They were neighbors. He was late to work. And I also heard that big rigs are NOT supposed to be in the neighborhoods.

    Guilty was the verdict. A strong message was sent. He was negligent.

  • rah posted at 8:36 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    rah Posts: 167


  • kevjlang posted at 1:19 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    kevjlang Posts: 3382

    In previous articles about this, they indicated that the trucker and the girl's family are/were neighbors and acquainted, if not friends. They also indicated that the driver was familiar with the roads in the area, but was running late that morning. I'm guessing the supposition was that he knew the turning radius of that truck, but ignored his safe-driving tenets in an attempt to not be too late for work. Essentially, the "reckless" part probably stemmed from knowing the road and knowing the truck, but ignoring both in an attempt to gain valuable seconds.

  • Jake Buckner posted at 12:11 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    Jake Buckner Posts: 1947

    Yeah, no sidewalks, but aren't drivers supposed to adapt to the situation they find themselves in? Didn't he know there was no sidewalk, which forced people to be where they would not be if a sidewalk existed?

    When a person paid to drive a vehicle hits something or someone with it, they are doing their job poorly. Negligently.

  • sverige1 posted at 12:00 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    sverige1 Posts: 3732

    I suppose we need to delve into the GDN archives to glean just what made the truck driver "reckless". We apparently must do so since this article hasn't defined what he did that was 'reckless;.

    Was he going too fast, and/or abruptly backing up into where the little girl was waiting without looking both ways? Perhaps he should have honked his horn several times if he was backing up, much like trash bin trucks do when they're backing up.

    How many truckers think of a "sidewalkless" place behind them, where they're backing up of perhaps having a schoolchild standing there?

  • drumb47 posted at 11:40 am on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    drumb47 Posts: 334

    I question the part, no sidewalks, played in her death?

    Too much media coverage and opinions already made up for any other outcome at his trial.

    Sad for all...