The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration effectively shut down a Houston-based transportation company following a fatal trucking accident that killed a Tennessee sheriff’s sergeant. The regulator noted multiple safety violations.
About the Fatal Koboat Trucking Accident
According to KVLT, the fatal crash occurred on February 3, 2022.
Investigators say Christopher Savannah, a driver for Koboat Trucking, ignored a rolling roadblock before slamming into two cars. Sergeant Chris Jenkins, who had stopped to remove a ladder obstructing the roadway, was killed.
43-year-old Savannah was arrested on several charges, including vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular homicide by recklessness, two counts of reckless endangerment, DUI, simple possession, possession of a handgun under the influence, and possession of drug paraphernalia as well as other traffic charges.
Savannah had previously failed to appear in court in Texas for a moving violation and did not have a commercial license to operate a semi-truck at the time of the crash.
Savannah is being held in Roane County on a $1 million bond.
FMCSA Effectively Shut Down Houston Trucking Company
Following their investigation into the crash, authorities concluded that Koboat Trucking of Houston, Texas was “egregiously non-compliant” with multiple safety regulations.
According to Commercial Carrier Journal, FMCSA noted Koboat Trucker were in violation of:
- Controlled substances and alcohol use and testing (49 CFR Part 382)
- Commercial driver’s license standards (49 CFR Part 383)
- Driver qualification (49 CFR Part 391)
- Hours of service of drivers (49 CFR Part 395)
- Vehicle inspection, repair and maintenance (49 CFR Part 396)
Koboat owner Frederick Boateng stated that the accident and resulting violations have led to him closing the company. Koboat Trucking had operated since 2019.
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