An Ohio-licensed commercial truck driver who struck and killed two people with his tractor-trailer in separate accidents within six months has been deemed a hazard to public safety, federal officials said.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ordered truck driver Doug Jones to cease driving a tractor-trailer or operating any other commercial motor vehicle across state lines after the second deadly accident.
On July 2, 2018, Mr. Jones was driving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, when he struck a man who was standing near his disabled vehicle on the right shoulder.
After investigating that accident, authorities charged Mr. Jones with careless driving causing death of another person; driving a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions; driving outside of a single lane before ascertaining if the movement could be made safely; and failure to wear a seat belt.
Just a little more than five months later, Mr. Jones was driving a tractor-trailer along U.S. 33 in Union County, Ohio, when the vehicle drove across the white line designating the highway shoulder. The truck struck and killed 24-year-old Teresa “Tessie” Howell, a construction worker who was unloading pieces of guardrail section from a flatbed truck when she was killed. The FMCSA said Mr. Jones left the scene without stopping. The Dec. 7 accident remains under investigation.
The FMCSA issued an imminent hazard out-of-service order to Mr. Jones:
“Your continued operation of a [commercial motor vehicle] substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to you and the motoring public if not discontinued immediately.”