The Truck company and trucker involved in this fatal truck accident had been sued no less than five times before this latest incident, said the police. There were two other people in the same car the Marine recruits were in when this accident happened and it also involved five other vehicles and a motorcycle. In other words, it was a total mess.
The family of one of the deceased is seeking $20 million in punitive damages from the Truck company and a further $1 million in punitive damages from the trucker. They are also asking for $25,000 in compensatory damages and $17,000 in burial expenses. The lawsuit further states the Truck company had no business allowing the trucker to drive, given his string of serious traffic offenses and that they should have been aware of them, explained the observer.
The driver was convicted of drunk driving three times, as well as letting his daughter and other underage kids use drugs and/or alcohol in a motel room. He evidently lied on his application to get hired, pointed out the authorities.
The trucker is facing six counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, six counts of aggravated vehicular assault and one count of drug possession. The day of the truck accident, the car with the recruits in it was stopped at a traffic light when the trucker slammed into the back of the car, causing a chain reaction.
Because of the Long Island Expressway, accidents like this one are common in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
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