Worthington, MN- An Iowa truck driver accused of causing a fatal Minnesota crash that left another truck driver dead appeared in a Worthington court earlier this month after being charged with vehicular homicide.
James Lee Miller, 67, appeared in a Minnesota court to address charges stemming from a Sept. 2014 crash that killed a 49 year-old man from South Dakota. Miller did not enter a plea for his two charges which include criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation. But, according to the Daily Globe, there is some indication that Miller may enter a plea agreement. If not, his case will go to court and, if convicted, he faces up to 10 years in jail. His next court date is in October.
According to the Daily Globe, Miller was driving a tractor-trailer hauling seed corn when he broadsided another semi-truck driven by Charles Luze. The impact killed Luze instantly, and injured his son who was traveling with him.
At the scene, Miller reportedly told officers that he ran a stop sign because he was trying to make a call on his cell phone. Miller was attempting to the use his Bluetooth and took his eyes off road just before plowing through stop sign, the Daily Globe reported.
Miller agreed to a blood test allowing police to rule out intoxication.
He suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Upon his release he was arrested and charged for the crash.
This accident is yet another example of the dangers of distracted driving. The National Safety Council estimates that estimates that 1.6 million of traffic accidents each year are caused by a distracted drivers. Cell phones being the biggest distraction behind the wheel.
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