Tractor Trailer Driver Charged with Homicide by Vehicle
The driver of the tractor trailer that hit and killed a Jeanette man on Route 22 has been charged with homicide by vehicle.
About the Fatal Accident
Firefighters worked for nearly an hour to free Tomasino from his truck, after the tractor-trailer driven by Cruz Humberto Guzman Nieves, 26, of Streamwood, Ill., slammed into the truck just before noon, pushing it into a concrete lamppost base.
Guzman Nieves has been charged by state police with homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, failure to stop at a red light, speeding and careless driving, according to court records.
Guzman Nieves told investigators he saw the traffic light turn both yellow and red and attempted to slow down but couldn’t, according to the criminal complaint filed with District Judge Charles Conway.
One witness told police Guzman Nieve’s tractor-trailer swerved, ran over the highway median and fishtailed through the Mark Drive and Route 22 intersection before hitting Tomasino’s truck, according to court documents.
Guzman Nieves is in the Westmoreland County Prison on $500,000 bail. He faces a June 28 preliminary hearing in District Judge Charles Conway’s court.
Information About Vehicular Homicide
According to legal source lawyer.com:
- State law on vehicular homicide varies. Vehicular homicide can lead to a criminal charge and conviction for murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide or negligent homicide.
- The crime charged depends on the facts of the case, the laws in your area, and the government’s stance in pursuing prosecutions for vehicular homicide.
- State laws also vary on the elements for these offenses. For example, some laws include unintentional deaths, or require proof that your driving was reckless or grossly negligent, and not that you intended to kill someone.