An accident involving a tractor-trailer resulted in the death of an infant, according to DPS.
According to reports, an SUV crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler that was parked in the right lane of highway 249. The 18-wheeler had its blinkers on.
The baby – nine-month-old Sawyer McIntosh – was fatally wounded as a result. His mother and 3-year-old brother were also injured in the accident, though both are expected to make a full recovery.
According to reports, the tractor-trailer driver was stopped to make a delivery and was on the phone at the time of the wreck. Detectives have not said yet whether or not charges will be filed against the truck driver. However, they plan to pursue the highest possible penalty.
Why would the trucker be at-fault when the mother was the one who hit him from behind?
There are strict regulations for commercial trucks that must park on roadways or on the side of the road. For example, commercial trucks must lay out hazard cones as soon as possible (and within a maximum time of 10 minutes) from the time the truck stops, must put their hazard lights on, must take hills and one way roads into consideration, and so on. It’s unclear the specific rules that might have applied in this situation, but if the trucker is found to have broken any of these laws, they can be held responsible for the wreck.