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Texas Trucker Faces Charges in Oklahoma Wreck

Bonnie Harp2 years ago

According to the Associated Press (AP), a Texas resident is facing three counts of negligent homicide after causing a fatal trucking accident in March 2014.

About the Fatal Vehicle Accident

Oklahoma Highway Patrol investigators report that semi-driver, Stanley Matsinger, of Grandbury, Texas, collided with a vehicle on U.S. Highway 70.

Oklahoma City native, Todd Leonard, was driving with his children on U.S. Highway 70 when the semi crashed his car. Leonard died in the accident, along with two of his children, who were one and three-years-old.

Leonard’s eight-year-old son suffered from major injuries in the accident.

Stanley Matsinger has been indicted on three counts of negligent homicide since the accident.

Trucking and Auto Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • 3,921 individuals were killed in motor vehicles accidents involving large trucks in 2012.
  • 73% of those killed in trucking accidents were occupants of smaller/other vehicles.
  • 104,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2012.
  • More than 30,000 people die per year due to auto accidents.
  • About 33,561 traffic related deaths occurred last year.
  • The fatality rate for trucking accidents continues to increase every year.

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