New Alarming Details Emerge About Truck Driver After Accident Kills 3 People, Injures 7 More
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Truck driver Jack E. Satterfield III, 29, from McComb, Mississippi, is facing three counts each of homicide by vehicle, homicide by vehicle while DUI, accidents involving death or personal injury, and accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed after the tractor-trailer he was driving caused the deaths of 3 people. Now, new shocking details surrounding the accident are emerging.
The accident happened last Friday night at about 8:30 p.m. along Interstate 83 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Traffic had slowed and Satterfield, who according to authorities, admitted he did not see or react to the slow moving traffic quickly enough, struck a passenger vehicle from the rear then continued northbound striking numerous other 4-wheelers.
Police allege in an affidavit of probable cause that Satterfield told them he had consumed five double-shot margaritas and two or three beers at a New Jersey restaurant Friday night before the crash. He also told police he had consumed “7 or 8 drinks” earlier in the day. To make matters even worse, Satterfield was operating the commercial vehicle on a suspended license, according to local media reports.
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The tractor-trailer Satterfield was operating is owned by Minnesota-based Green Tree Logistics. The company has yet to put forward an explanation as to how Satterfield could have been allowed to get behind-the-wheel while his CDL was suspended.
After the accident, Satterfield fled the scene. He crossed the interstate, hopped a fence, and ran to a hotel parking lot where he watched the crash scene from a distance, the criminal complaint states. Police said the truck had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.
Satterfield was later apprehended and then taken to a local hospital for a voluntary blood draw to determine his blood alcohol content along with other substances. He was interviewed by police at approximately 1 a.m. on Saturday. At the conclusion of his interview he voluntarily submitted to a Portable Breath Test and the test reflected a positive reading, according to court documents.
Satterfield is currently in Dauphin County Prison without bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 31.
24-year-old Zachary Lybrand from Middletown, an 18-month-old female also from Middletown, and 22-year-old Ethan VanBochoven from Pompton Plains, New Jersey, were killed in the crashed. Seven more people were injured and treated at a local hospital.
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