A truck driver who caused a fatal crash on I-44 near Stafford, Missouri had at least 12 previous traffic convictions according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
According to the Springfield News-Leader, the fatal trucking accident occurred when Narinder P. Singh, 44, failed to slow his vehicle as he approached the scene of a prior accident, despite signage put out by emergency responders.
Singh attempted to swerve out of a lane with stalled traffic but struck the rear of a passenger vehicle causing Singh to lose control of his tractor-trailer. As the semi overturned, it struck a Ford pickup truck and crushed the truck’s driver side door.
The driver of the pickup, 43-year-old David D. Lambeth was killed in the collision.
Singh initially told investigators that a car cut him off and that he was unable to slow down; however, several eye witnesses provided conflicting accounts to Singh’s.
Singh was arrested after the accident and has been charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter. He is being held at the Greene County Jail on a $20,000 bond.
Records show Singh has been convicted of leaving the scene of a crash, speeding on at least six separate occasions, failing to obey traffic signs twice, having defective equipment, failing to appear in court, and driving with a suspended license.
These previous convictions span six different states.