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Judge Orders Trucker To Carry Photo Of Teen Killed In Crash He Caused


A Georgia judge has ordered a truck driver from New Mexico to carry a photo of a teen girl who was killed in a seven vehicle pileup that he caused near Atlanta last year.

Truck Driver Pleads Guilty To Charges Following Chain Reaction Crash

Last week truck driver Daniel Crane, 50, entered a guilty plea to charges of following too closely and vehicular homicide following a fatal crash last year.

On August 20, 2016, Crane was driving a tractor trailer northbound on I-75 south of Atlanta when he rear ended a passenger vehicle, pushing it into five other vehicles. Eighteen year old Summer Lee died in the crash. Seven other people were injured.

Drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the crash, but Crane was charged with violating hours of service regulations when he was initially arrested.

Georgia Judge Issues Unusual Sentence

During Crane’s June 22 sentencing, Senior Judge Rusty Carlisle gave Crane a two year sentence that consisted of 60 days in jail with the rest of the sentence to be probation. Carlisle issued a unique stipulation to Crane’s probation — he is required to carry a photo of Lee as well as a statement from Lee’s mother on his person for the duration of his probationary period.

Crane has already been released because he was credited for prison time served.

Crane was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,140, complete 80 hours of community service, and he is forbidden from operating a motor vehicle in the state of Georgia.


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