May 27, 2007 11:36am CST
What do you think of this? PORTLAND, Ind. (AP)- A Michigan truck driver accused of causing a crash that killed five people may change his plea to guilty on charges stemming from the crash. Robert Spencer of Canton Township had previously pleaded not guilty to causing the deadly April 2006 crash, in which Spencer's semitrailer crossed an interstate median and hit a Taylor University van near Fort Wayne. But a change of plea hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday in an Indiana court. If a new plea is accepted, a sentencing hearing is set. Spencer is scheduled to face trial in August on five counts of reckless homicide and four counts of criminal recklessness. The case drew national attention when authorities mixed up the identifications of the two Michigan victims.
• United States
25 Jul 07
This was just an awful accident. I am from Indiana and it was all over the news. Being a wife of a trucker I always seem to follow the trucking accidents lol. And then the identifications were mixed up on the two girls that had to be awful for each family involved. With the guy being a trucker i'm sure he will get the max he can get out of it. It always seems to be the truckers fault no matter what. I know their are bad trucker drives out their don't get me wrong but it always seems everyone wants to blame it on them no matter what. I didn't relize what they go through till I rode with my husband when he first started driving of how much people just do what ever and expect them to stop on a dime. Ok sorry to go on lol got carried away. I just pray for all the family's involved in this awful accident. Not saying it wasn't his fault either just making a statement in general :)
• United States
26 Mar 08
yes your right there its always the truckers fault no matter what,and that pisses me off because these people zoom around them or do something stupid,they carry very heavy loads and not easy for them to stop.yes and i do feel for the families,and the truckers family how do you think they feel,that was his job,now will probably go away for life because he was just doing his job,and something in split second changed all that.
• United States
29 May 07
So, the trucker crossed the line? I wonder how taht happened. I mean, was he drunk, tired or just not paying attention. It has always bothered me, if it is someone who was drunk or has had several accidents then they should get into trouble. But if it was simply an accident that happened to a good person, well I bet that living with knowing they killed someone would be punishment enough. One of my moms friends just went through this 2 weeks ago. A guy pulled out of a side road & hit his car. It killed the guy. It was the man who dieds fault but my moms friend is still terrified by this. He took a month off work He said that he just keeps reliving that moment, when he hit him. He says that he cant forgive himself for it even though he knows it was not his fault. This also reminds me of a local story that I heard a few months ago. A 13 year old boy was skateing on the high way. A truck driver hit him & killed him. The driver didnt even know that he had hit anyone. It was a few hours later when the company called him & told him to turn around & go back because he had been involved in an accident there & left the sene. He told them that he hadnt been in any accident. When he got back he found out that he had hit & killed the boy. How horrable would that be? For the boy, his family & the truck driver? By the way, I like your screen name:)