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FMCSA Shuts Down Truck Driver Who Killed Child Near School Bus

Drivers know that you stop when you see a school bus with its lights flashing. Yet, truck driver Johnny Allen Spell ignored the important law, even as children exited the school bus he was illegally passing. Tragically, a child was killed because of Spell's foolish actions. Cowardly, Spell fled the scene, rather than trying to help save his young victim's life.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) declared Spell to be an "imminent hazard" to public safety and has revoked his commercial driver's license. The move was a formality, as Spell is facing a variety of criminal charges related to the wrongful death, including: involuntary manslaughter, hit and run, improper passing of a stopped school bus, reckless driving and driving while using drugs.

It's sad that someone with Spell's sense of judgment is given a license and a job. It shows that our nation's trucking industry needs improvement. This responsibility falls not only on government, but on the private trucking firms that hire and supervise their drivers.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed by a commercial driver, contact an experienced Ohio truck accident attorney to discuss your legal options.

Source: Fleet Owner, "Truck Driver Declared An Imminent Hazard By FMCSA," Deborah Whistler, May 1, 2013

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