A Harrisburg taxi driver plead guilty in court this week to causing an accident that killed five people in Penn Township in 2010 when he drove into a pack of motorcycles.
Witnesses say the man was speeding and swerving in his taxi van just prior to the accident. According to an article on LancasterOnline.com, he is a diabetic and had not eaten enough that day to keep his blood sugar under control. The passenger that had been riding in the vehicle before the crash described the taxi driver as driving “crazy” and the passenger asked to be let out of the van.
By pleading guilty, he faces a maximum of 37 years in prison. The judge explained to the taxi driver that it was key that he admitted to “conscious disregard of substantial risk” by not eating before driving. That day, the driver did not eat lunch, although he was aware that he must eat regularly to keep his blood-sugar level at a satisfactory level. He remains free on bail until sentencing.
This is a sad situation, with the driver admitting that his actions caused this accident, but also feeling remorse for not taking that time to regular his blood-sugar level. Still, 5 lives were lost that day and a 6th person seriously injured due to negligence. If you or someone you know has been injured in a automobile or truck accident due to negligence on the part of the other driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the attorney team of Michael J. O’Connor & Associates for a free review of your case.