Driver in Double Fatal Tractor-Trailer Crash in Suffolk is Hit With Charges

A driver who was involved in a double fatal tractor-trailer crash in Suffolk has been hit with criminal charges.

A report on described how the 24-year-old driver from Houston in Texas was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of general recklessness.

The wreck on Dec. 3, 2016, on Route 58 in Suffolk just before the Wilroy Road exit killed Robert E Mitchell, 81 and his wife 77-year-old Jean who died of her injuries later at a hospital.

The trucker was not hurt in the collision with the car, according to Suffolk police.

This double fatal tractor-trailer crash in Suffolk was the latest in a series of serious accidents on Route 58 in Suffolk.

Last month, two tractor-trailers collided on Route 58. The crash was reported in the 5800 block of Route 58 east. Police say one tractor-trailer pulled out onto the highway, causing the collision.

Two people were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Last September, a tragic accident on Route 58 in Suffolk resulted in the death of a child from Franklin while five others were injured. The crash blocked lanes near Wilroy Road for hours. The child was pronounced dead at the wreck scene.

Investigators found the driver of a Toyota passenger vehicle traveling east on Route 58 lost control of the vehicle, veered across the median and struck a Mazda minivan that was traveling west on 58.

The toddler and his mother were in the Toyota. The mother was reported to be seriously injured at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital on Sunday night.

Route 58 is one of the most dangerous highways in Hampton Roads due to the high volume of big rigs that travel on the highway.

Often a lapse of judgment by a trucker can lead to an extremely serious wreck that can lead drivers and passengers in other vehicles with horrendous injuries.

If you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, the claim is often more complicated than a crash involving another car.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers our attorneys have worked on tractor-trailer accidents for decades and are will provide you vigorous representation. Please call us at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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