Members of the motorcycle community Ryderz Haven Motorcycle Ministry have created an online petition to bring harsher charges against the truck driver involved in the crash on I-85 in Greensboro that killed two motorcyclists on July 17.
Contrary to initial reports, the 6 motorcyclists were pulled over on the shoulder of I-85 because one of the bikes had a mechanical issue when they were hit by a truck.
Truck Driver Faces Hit-And-Run And Misdemeanor Death Charges
34-year-old Florida truck driver Daniel S. Serna has already been charged with felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Serna, who drives for EC Trucking Enterprises, originally only faced one death charge for the motorcyclist who died on the scene, but another misdemeanor death charge was added when another of the motorcyclists passed away in the hospital over the weekend so another charge was added.
Online Petition Calls for Felony Charges for Truck Driver
The online petition created by the Ryderz Haven Motorcycle Ministry says that Serna should face felony death charges. As of Wednesday morning, the petition had more than 3,000 supporters.
Troopers say that they believe Serna fell asleep at the wheel and that he was driving at 80 to 85 mph when he swerved off the road. Police also say that they believe that the only reason that Serna stopped a half mile down I-85 was because he had a flat tire.
When Serna appeared at court on July 20, he claimed that his arrest was illegal because he only speaks Spanish and none of the investigators were able to speak Spanish. However, Master Trooper Chris Knox said that there was no problem communicating with Serna during the sobriety test he administered (Serna passed).
Serna’s bond was set at $100,000 and he is set to appear back in court August 18.
You can view the petition here.