More Trouble For Truck Driver Charged In Accident That Killed 8-Year-Old Girl
Joplin, Missouri – Transportation Nation Network continues to follow developments in the aftermath of a fatal accident that claimed the life of 8-year-old Destiny Chambers of Joplin, Missouri, last week when she was struck by a tractor-trailer. She was near a school bus last Thursday morning when she was struck and killed by a 2017 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Lance T. Lee of DeKalb, Illinois. Lee left the scene, later telling authorities he thought he hit a mailbox after telling his employer he thought he hit a deer. Lee admitted to authorities he told his employer he thought he hit a deer because he knew striking a mailbox and leaving the scene is a chargeable offense and he was running behind schedule.
Lee Pleads “Not Guilty”
Authorities charged Lee with one count of leaving the scene of an accident. Yesterday, Lee pleaded not guilty to the charge in Jasper County Circuit Court and has a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 31. He continues being held in the Jasper County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond. Lee has a bond reduction hearing set for next Wednesday.
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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Lee And USF Holland
Trouble continues to mount for the truck driver and now his employer USF Holland as the father of Destiny Chambers, Walter Chambers, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Lee and the trucking company. According to court documents the suit alleges Lee drove at an excessive speed and “failed to keep a careful lookout.” The suit also alleges Lee failed to apply his brakes or decrease his speed.
The suit also takes aim at USF Holland alleging the company knew Lee was a reckless driver and failed to properly train him. Chambers is also suing the freight broker and equipment owner, whose identities were not known at time of the filing, according to the petition.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to bring you the latest on this story as it develops.
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