William Travis Crutchfield, 66-year-old dump truck driver in Columbia, South Carolina, has been charged with reckless homicide after killing a man on the morning of June 25. According to police, the accident happened in the cityâ€™s Five Points restaurant and bar district, where Crutchfield was driving the commercial dump truck and reportedly did not stop properly at a red light. When attempting to make a turn, Crutchfield Â hit 67-year-old George Jackson, as Jackson attempted to cross the road in a motorized wheelchair.
Jackson was pronounced dead at a hospital. Crutchfield turned himself in to police.
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Pedestrians always have the right-of-way. It is important that all moving vehicles avoid colliding with a pedestrian or cyclist who is on or near the street, but it is especially vital for commercial truck drivers to avoid these types of accidents. The typical semi truck weighs approximately 80 tons â€“ 1,000 times more than the average human being – and wrecks involving them are devastating. These types of accidents are nearly always fatal for the pedestrian.
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