Karen Ann Whitaker was only yards from Four Mile Creek Baptist Church the day before Thanksgiving when a tractor-trailer drifted across the center line on Route 5 and collided with her vehicle. The mother of five and church daycare worker was killed in the crash, and after an investigation, authorities found multiple issues with the trucking company and the driver.
When police searched the truck after the crash they found an open container of alcohol, along with methamphetamine and cocaine. It turned out that the truck driver, Clarence Risher, had a lengthy criminal history, including DUI and possession charges.
After further examination, federal investigators discovered that Risher was the son of the trucking companyâ€™s owner and was driving with a suspended operatorâ€™s license. Federal investigators described the trucking company as â€śrecklessâ€ť withâ€śalmost nonexistent management safety oversight.â€ť Investigators closed the company not long after the accident.
On April 25, Risher pleaded guilty to reduced charges of involuntary manslaughter, a license violation and a drug charge. He faces a maximum of four years in prison if convicted.
I Was In A Truck Accident. What Are My Legal Options?
If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, you need an attorney who can hold the trucking company and the driver responsible for their actions. To speak with a member of our legal team about your case, call Proffitt & Cox, LLP. Our lawyers are here to help victims and their families find justice.
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