The Lacrosse Tribune reports that Francis Rychtik Sr., 36, pleaded no contest to homicide charges in a special deal with the prosecution. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for July.
He was initially charged with several counts including homicide by intoxicated use, intoxicate use of a commercial vehicle and two counts of injury by intoxicated use.
Rychtik who was driving for B&R Excavating in Wisconsin was traveling on Interstate 90 in near Campbell when he rear-ended a Ford Mustang, driven by Jason Songer, 29, of Minnesota. Songer’s vehicle ended up in the median and was crushed by the dump truck before both vehicles burst into flames, according to the Lacrosse Tribune.
Police also discovered that he checked his Facebook page three times prior to the accident with the latest look occurring 740 feet before the ramming into the rear of Songer’s car, so distraction also played a role.
The initial collision set off a chain-reaction accident that involved a car, SUV, van and tractor-trailer. Four other people suffered serious to moderate injuries.
One witness said Rychtik never applied his brakes. He admitted to police that he “drank heavily” the night before the accident; he registered a .04 blood alcohol concentration according to the Tribune. Commercial truck drivers are prohibited from driving with an amount of alcohol in their system.
Fact is, a passenger vehicle motorist is more likely to drive after a few drinks that a commercial truck driver. Far too much is at stake for a truck driver to be charged with, much less, convicted of a DUI, but it happens, as this accident shows.
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