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Police Question Truck Driver in Fatal Hit-and-Run

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

Indiana State Police detained and questioned a truck driver on Wednesday following a fatal hit-and-run that left an 12-year-old dead.

Details of the Indiana Hit-and-Run

According to the Chicago Tribune, state police have identified the child as 12-year-old Angel Villafuerte.

Whiting police were called to the scene of the accident around 3:15 pm on Wednesday, following a report that a tractor-trailer had struck a child. Upon arriving to the scene, officers found Angel dead.

Police determined that Angel was attempting to cross Indianapolis Boulevard near 119th Street when he was struck by a truck that was traveling north. A witness told officers that the semi continued north, fleeing the scene.

The truck driver was pulled over a by Whiting police a few miles from the scene. He was detained and questioned by the Indiana State Police. The driver was later released without being charged.

National Trucking Accident Statistics

  • During 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 3,921 fatalities linked to traffic collisions involving large trucks. The number marked a 4 percent increase from 2011 when 3,781 fatalities were recorded.
  • In addition to the fatalities, 104,000 people sustained injuries due to large truck collisions – up from 88,000 recorded in 2011.
  • Of those killed in crashes involving large trucks:
    • 18 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were non-occupants (pedestrians and pedalcyclists)
  • Trucking accidents were most prevalent on weekdays between the daytime hours of 6 am and 6 pm.


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