Trucking accidents, due to their scale, can result in tragic and many time fatal outcomes. Such was the case in an October United Parcel Service truck crash that killed the driver of a second vehicle and injured a young passenger. As a personal injury lawyer practicing in the Baltimore area, I have helped numerous victims of trucking-related wrecks recover damages caused by another driver’s negligence.
In this case, the operator of the delivery truck has only recently been charged with several traffic offenses. Based on news reports, Baltimore County police charged 28-year-old Kevin Callahan of Owings Mills with negligent driving, failure to stop at a red signal and failure to obey a traffic device.
On October 5, 2009, Callahan was driving north on York Road when his truck broadsided a vehicle at the intersection of York and Corbett roads in Monkton, MD. The collision killed the driver, 48-year-old Tim Wheatley, and injured Wheatley’s 9-year-old daughter who was getting a ride to Sparks Elementary School. The girl was critically injured in the accident and has since been released from the hospital, according to news reports.
Although the accident resulted in a death, law enforcement authorities investigated the accident and determined that there was no intent to harm anyone on Callahan’s part. The UPS driver now has the choice to accept the charges and pay the penalties including points on his license, or he can go to court and fight the citations. There was no mention of whether the deceased man’s family would pursue a wrongful death civil suit against the delivery driver or his employer, UPS.
UPS driver charged in fatal crash in Monkton, ExploreBaltimoreCounty.com, December 21, 2009