Truck driver sentenced for wrong way fatal DUI crash

A Utah semi truck driver has been sentenced to prison following a crash that killed a 72 year old woman in Nebraska earlier this year.

Thirty-seven year old truck driver Peterson Black was recently sentenced to four to eight years in prison after he was convicted on a charge of Motor Vehicle Homicide while Under the Influence of Alcohol.

The charge was issued to Black following a fatal crash that occurred on January 5, 2020, on I-80 near Grand Island, Nebraska.

According to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Black was driving his truck west on I-80 near mile marker 308 when he lost control and crossed over into the eastbound lanes of the interstate.

An oncoming Subaru Forester crashed under the trailer.

Seventy-two year old passenger Mary Niedermeier died at the scene. Her husband, 72 year old William Niedemeier was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

Police said that Black refused to submit to a breath test at the scene.

In addition to the prison sentence, Black’s license has been revoked for the next 15 years.