That decision was part of a plea bargain with prosecutors in the Commonwealth, who had charged the trucker with motor vehicle homicide. That charge was dropped in exchange for the trucker’s guilty plea to a charge of negligent driving. The judge in the case also suspended the trucker’s driver’s license for three years, retroactive to the date of the May 2015 crash.
The pedestrian-truck accident claimed the life of a 24-year-old woman and seriously injured a 25-year-old man who was with her. According to the Worcester Telegram, the crash happened shortly before 9:30 p.m. as the trucker pulled his 18-wheeler to the side of the road in order to allow a fire truck that was behind him to pass. However, he then started to move forward to enter a roundabout. But as he did so, the trailer of his vehicle struck a stop sign and a light pole. When that pole fell over, the young woman standing nearby on the sidewalk was knocked over as well and was caught in the truck’s wheels.