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Construction Worker Pleads “No Contest” in Accident that Killed 5-Year-Old


A construction worker has pleaded “No Contest” in a trucking accident that claimed the life of a 5-year-old in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

About the Fatal Accident

The tragic incident occurred the day after Christmas in the Hillsborough’s Forest Ridge subdivision near U.S. 70.

According to ABC 11, construction crews were loading the back of a dump truck when the vehicle started rolling down a hill. Nobody was inside the truck when it started moving.

The truck continued to pick up speed before barreling through a front yard, driveway, and finally a garage door. William Everett was fatally struck by the truck as he played soccer with several other children in front of the garage.

Investigators determined that Alejandro Suarez, 28, was responsible for the control of the vehicle and had failed to take necessary measures to secure the vehicle. He was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,903 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2014, marking a 2-percent decrease from the 3,981 deaths recorded in 2013.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents in 2014:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were nonoccupants, including pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities in 2015 with 553 deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 deaths.

 

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