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Truck Driver Pleads Guilty in Crash that Killed 4

Trucking accident

According to ABC 12 News, Roy Ellis Holcomb, Jr. has pleaded guilty to four counts of manslaughter for a 2014 accident that left four dead, including two young children.

Details of the Fatal Accident

On October 1, 2014, Holcomb was involved in a chain-reaction trucking accident that resulted in the death of 62-year-old, Glenda Blackwell , her two grandchildren, and Luis Alonso Rodriguez Comacho. Holcomb was cited for failure to control speed following the accident.

On Friday, Holcomb’s pleaded guilty to all four counts of manslaughter stemming from the accident after being out on bail since November 2015.

Holcomb did not comment on his decision to plead guilty. Sentencing is scheduled for September 29.

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 slight decrease from the 3,981 deaths recorded in 2013.
  • Of those killed in 2014:
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • An additional 111,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2014, marking a 17-percent increase over the 95,000 injuries recorded in 2013.

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