Truck Driver Charged

1 decade 3 years 4 months ago Wednesday, November 29 2006 Nov 29, 2006 Wednesday, November 29, 2006 2:56:27 PM CST November 29, 2006 in News
Source: (Copyright 2007 The Associated Press All Rights Reserved.)
KANSAS CITY--A Mississippi truck driver is charged with involuntary manslaughter and accused of violating sleep requirements in a fatal crash. John L. White of Gulfport faces up to seven years in prison on the felony manslaughter charge. Cass County authorities also charged him with two misdemeanors, one for exceeding his maximum drive time and another for careless and imprudent driving. 

Court records say 42-year-old White violated commercial truck driving laws requiring at least eight hours of sleep within a certain period of time on the road. Officials said White was hauling a load of bananas to a Wal-Mart distribution center when he attempted to cross over US 71 and collided with another tractor-trailer. The driver of that tractor-trailer, Steven B. Cousineau of Wisconsin was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash caused two other wrecks, but none of the other drivers reported any injuries.

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