Trucker Charged With DUI in Wrong-Way Deadly Crash Sidelined by FMCSA
Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) deemed an Ohio trucker an “imminent hazard” to public safety following a deadly crash last month.
On February 24, Travis Lee Tolliver, 30, of Jackson, OH, was driving an International semi and traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 23 in Wise County, VA, when he crashed head-on into a Chevrolet Cruz.
The Chevy was driven by Amanda Gail Pearson, 20.
Pearson was injured and her passenger, Perry S. Owens, 22, died at the scene.
Tolliver was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries where he refused to provide blood for drug testing.
Following a subsequent investigation, Tolliver was charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter, driving a commercial vehicle while intoxicated, driving a vehicle while intoxicated, maiming another resulting from driving while intoxicated and refusal of chemical test by blood.
An investigation by FMCSA personnel found that on the day of the crash, Tolliver had failed to maintain records-of-duty-status.
Further, the Agency said investigators determined Tolliver had in the days leading up to the crash, on multiple occasions, exceeded the allowable on-duty driving hours and failed to maintain records-of-duty-status as required by federal regulations.
Tolliver was served an imminent hazard out-of-service order on March 5.
FMCSA’s order states that Tolliver’s “blatant and egregious violations of the [federal safety regulations] and disregard for the safety of the motoring public … substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to you and/or to the motoring public.”
Tolliver may not operate a commercial motor vehicle until such time he successfully completes the statutorily required return-to-duty process overseen by a Substance Abuse Professional.
Failing to comply with the provisions of the federal imminent hazard order may result in civil penalties of up to $1,895 for each violation as well as possible criminal penalties.