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Truck driver was disoriented at fatal crash scene, report says



Published: Mon, April 12, 2010 @ 10:15 a.m.
Crash Report

OSHP Crash Report (PDF)

The accident report for a March 31 crash on state Route 5 in Warren Township that killed three Trumbull County Marine Corps recruits suggests it resulted from a semi tractor driver failing to stay a proper distance back from the recruiter’s vehicle.

The report says blood tests were done on the drivers of all seven vehicles involved in the 3:45 p.m. crash at Burnett Road, but the results are not yet available.

The driver of the semi, Donald Williams Jr., 44, of Bainbridge Avenue in Austintown, appeared to be groggy to an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who tried to talk to him just after the accident.

The trooper said Williams “was very disoriented at the crash scene. I had very little contact with him at the scene.”

The trooper added that Williams was sleeping when he tried to inteview him later at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren a short time later “and again appeared to be disoriented.”

After being read his rights and told that all drivers were being asked to consent to a blood test, Williams consented to having blood drawn for the test but “did not want to give a witness statement for the crash.”

He did answer a couple written questions but refused to sign the statement form on which the answers were given, the highway patrol said.

“It is unknown what, if any, drugs [Williams] was given at the hospital,” the trooper reported. “Alcohol/drug use, if any will be determined by the toxicology results,” the report said.


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1majick(34 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I don't quite understand the concept of "refusing" to give a statement to the police--especially when you're at fault. What gives with this?

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2CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

He probably knew his Miranda Rights. I had read in a previous article he had had trouble with the law before.

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3Daughter1(14 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

How nice that he was able to rest. Maybe one day everyone else will be able to also. But not anytime soon.

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4dana50golf(5 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

If all the information on the driver is correct I question the trucking company on why they would hire a driver with 3 DWIs' and numerous other driving infractions. It seems more criminal to put a guy like that behind the wheel of that many tons of steel, like putting a loaded AK-15 in the hands of a serial killer.

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5RobertH(50 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

>> Posted by majick:I don't quite understand the concept of "refusing" to give a statement to the police--especially when you're at fault. What gives with this?<<

You have got to be kidding. ? One shouldn't talk to the Police *especially* if they're at fault. Sheesh!

Just because this is one Effed Up situation doesn't change that.

We'll have to see all the evidence, the screens and dash cam, let the Prosecution put on their case, have a fair trail, find Williams guilty THEN hang him. Not before.

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6Daughter1(14 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

My father was unit 7, on the motorcycle.

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

"The driver of the semi, Donald Williams Jr., 44, of Bainbridge Avenue in Austintown, appeared to be groggy to an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who tried to talk to him just after the accident."

Years of ingesting alcohol may have taken its toll on him .

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8havinmysay(155 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

People complain anytime the government tries to institute any sort of regulations on industry, yet this is what happens when they don't.

Many, many companies hire people like Williams. Hiring cut rate drivers is a way to boost the company's profit margin.

There are no laws saying that people like Williams can't be put behind the wheel of a semi. Companies are allowed to self-police and this is the result.

It should be illegal to hire someone with DUIs to drive ANYTHING, but it is not.

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9Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Robert is correct.Let him have his trial .In this country we are supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.In time we will know .

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10Daughter1(14 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I know plenty of people with no convictions who need a job. And honestly, growing up in the area, his looks from the shot did not phase me. It was his prior that did.

You bet I am angry, I am angry at the company and him. I am sad for lives lost and those that continue to suffer and will suffer forever. This tragedy has changed more lives than anyone will ever know.

This experience has changed lives forever, my heart bleeds for the young men.

A act that was created by a human being.

Oh, but he did get to rest in the hospital.

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11Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

"An act that was created by a human being ?...I don't think he wanted to kill people although he may have made choices prior to the accident that led to such a horrible outcome."Oh but he did get to rest in the hospital ?"---What ?Forget the constitution enough of our politcians are already doing that anyway .Why should we be any different?Forget a period of gathering eveidence and forget the trial .Some of you are scary.The very Marine recruits that died were going to serve our nation to protect the very judicial system and constitutional law that some folks here would apparently suspend.

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