Posted On: December 15, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Tractor-Trailer Driver Awaits Sentence for Fatal Truck Crash Involving Mobile Restaurant

A judge has found tractor-trailer driver Devin Scott Lewis guilty of criminally negligent homicide over his role in a fatal truck crash that claimed the life of another motorist last December. Lewis had waived his right to a jury trial. The 27-year-old trucker’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 29.

In December 2008, Lewis, who was driving a 2001 Mack tractor-trailer rig on Highway 18, rear-ended a mobile home that had been converted into a restaurant. The mobile home was driven by Miguel Perez Martinez, 40.

The impact of the truck collision pushed the mobile vehicle into oncoming traffic and it was struck by another large truck, a 1998 Kenworth log truck operated by Michael Olson. Martinez died at the truck crash site. Lewis was not injured. Olson sustained minor injuries.

Truck Accident Lawsuits
Illinois truck accident victims and their families can sue for personal injury or wrongful death. This type of civil complaint is separate from any criminal case that prosecutors may choose to pursue against a negligent motorist.

Truck collision cases are not like other motor vehicle crash cases. There are truck logs to examine and evidence and documents may have obtained from multiple parties, such as the trucking company, the party that hired the truck, a contractor, a leasing company, and other entities. Truck companies are equipped to combat truck crash claims filed against them, which is why it is so important that an experienced Chicago truck accident law firm represents you.

Truck driver convicted in fatal crash, NewsRegister, December 13, 2009

Police Investigate Fatal Traffic Crash West of McMinnville‏, Salem News, December 2, 2008

Related Web Resources:
Trucking Accidents: Common Causes & Liability, Nolo

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

In Cook County, Lake County, Will County, and DuPage County, Illinois, Chicago truck crash lawyer Steve Malman would like to talk to you during your free case evaluation.

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