A truck driver is facing a $15,000 fine and license suspension for the death of a police officer in Maine back in 2019.
Truck driver Scott Willet has been ordered to pay a $15,000 fine and will have his license suspended for six months, a judge said on Friday, August 19th.
According to the Fort Bend Herald, Detective Ben Campbell was killed when a tire from Willett’s truck came loose and struck him while he was stopped to help a motorist during a snowstorm in Hampden.
Willett pleaded guilty to causing the death of a person while committing a traffic infraction, along with several trucking violations and operation of a defective vehicle. Previously, the license of a mechanic who had worked on the truck was suspended, alleging that his inspection of the truck a month earlier was inadequate.
Since then, Willett says that “not a day goes by” that he doesn’t think about what happened.
“It was an accident that I never would have ever imagined. I just feel so bad myself. I have to deal with this, too, every day,” he said.