A Berks County trucker, formerly of New York, is being charged in conjunction with a tractor-trailer crash that killed another trucker from Stowe earlier this year. The trucker being charged – Edwin Olivo – was driving a Freightliner tractor-trailer combined with a utility trailer, when his vehicle collided with a Volvo tanker truck operated by the Stowe truck driver. A portion of the trailer swerved into oncoming traffic causing the fatal wreck that killed the 40-year-old married father of four.
Authorities investigating the crash reported that the Edwin Olivo, a trucker from West Reading, was driving with a suspended license and had not correctly connected his trailer. The trucker’s license had also been suspended in New York, and he illegally obtained an invalid license in Pennsylvania by not reporting he had a suspended license in another state. The truck he was driving was carrying sewage sludge headed for a treatment plant in Schuylkill County that spilled onto the roadway, closing it for two days for cleanup.
Authorities reconstructing the crash also found that the trucker was trying to negotiate a curve in the roadway at a high rate of speed. The homicide by vehicle charge alleges recklessness or gross negligence that resulted in the death of another person. The truck collision resulted in a fiery wreck that was so violent it caused the kingpin section of the Stowe trailer to separate from the undercarriage, trapping him in the wreckage.
WFMZ News quoted the Montgomery County district attorney as calling the truck accident an “absolutely preventable tragedy.” The Berks County trucker should not have been on the road with a suspended license.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 3,964 fatalities and 95,000 people injured in large truck crashes in 2013. The FMCSA reported that in fatal crashes involving large trucks between 2011 and 2013, collision with a vehicle in transport was the cause in nearly 74% of the cases.
When a truck driver is negligent, and that negligence causes an accident that results in injury or death, that trucker needs to be held accountable for his or her actions. Large trucks and tractor-trailers, because of their enormous size and weight, make them much harder to control and very dangerous to others sharing the road. When you add truck driver negligence into that mix, it makes the situation even more dangerous, and often deadly.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck crash, call the truck collision lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli today for a free consultation. Call 215-575-9237 to speak with an attorney in our Philadelphia office or 570-714-HURT for our Wilkes-Barre office.
With more than 40 years of combined experience, the personal injury attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli strive to provide the best service to clients in Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, and throughout the Keystone State.