Verdict expected in Case of Trucker Accused in Fatal Crash
STEELVILLE (AP) - A verdict is expected today in the trial of a truck driver accused of causing an Interstate-44 accident that killed two people. 52 year-old Jeffrey Wiegert of Pleasant Hope stood trial last month in Crawford County. Judge J-Max Price will decide if Wiegert should be convicted of involuntary manslaughter and assault. Prosecutors say Wiegert was criminally negligent in February of 2005 by exceeding federal guidelines for driving hours. He fell asleep at the wheel of his 18-wheeler, which crossed the median near Cuba, Missouri, crossed a median and struck trhee cars. Killed were 21-year-old Ryan Trotter of Bridgeton and 35-year-old William Hoyt of Huntsville, Alabama.