Big Rig Driver Forgiven
A family from Santa Cruz who tragically lost their son in a big rig crash last year has decided to forgive the at fault driver. On Friday, December 11, 2015 family members of the man killed asked a judge not to sentence the truck driver to a jail term. The family of Daniel McGuire love and miss him very much. Daniel died in July of 2014, in a tragic big rig accident, while driving on Highway 17 in Santa Cruz. The big rig driver involved in the crash that ended Daniel’s life said that his brakes had failed as he was driving down a hill. The big rig hit other cars and trucks during the accident. The big rig eventually jack-knifed and crashed through a guard rail.
Santa Clara County Hall of Justice
Daniel McGuire’s family and the driver of the big rig appeared in court on December 11, 2015. The driver expressed much remorse for the accident. He was facing up to a year in jail for vehicular manslaughter.
Daniel’s family made it known to the prosecutor and judge that they had forgiven the big rig driver. They indicated they knew the driver was sorry for his actions and had felt terrible about what happened to their son. Daniel’s family asked for leniency for the driver. They amended a lawsuit recently seeking punitive damages against the trucking outfit that employed the truck driver.
In the amended lawsuit, the family blamed the trucking company for failing to adequately maintain the big rig that killed their son. The McGuire family said they had to do whatever they could to make our roads safer. Daniel’s mother stated she hopes that the trucking industry will be held accountable.
In Memory of Daniel McGuire
The McGuire family has been inspired to do all they can to implement change in the trucking industry. This they have been doing in honor of Daniel.
Big Rig Driver’s Sentenced
The driver received three years probation and 400 community service hours.
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