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  • Anonymous

    Im a truck drivers wife, and let me just state my opinion….if police found excessive speed to be a major reason behind the death of this 12 year old girl, then as the truck driver, I would gladly take the 3 years license suspension, feel fortunate that the DA couldnt prove manslaughter, and look for a new line of work. He will never get another job driving truck anyway with a fatality on his record. He should be ashamed to even be asking for this appeal. I agree with the mom. 3 years suspension of his license was not enough. Basically what the courts are saying is that her daughters life was only worth 3 years of driving priviledges for this man. SHAMEFUL. The vast majority of truck drivers are PROFESSIONAL truck drivers…. a few truck drivers like this one, who make bad decisions that have dire consequences tarnish the image of truckers, and cause negative public opinion and stereotyping. NOT all truckers are bad at their jobs.

    • Guest

      Well said.  The guy needs to take his medicine, shut up, and be thankful that he received such a lenient penalty.  In three years, the little girl will still be dead.

      • Ed

        Yeah, c’mon pal, you killed someone. Man up, serve your time and keep your mouth shut. You should be happy to get out of it as easily as you are.

    • Anonymous

      A thoughtful post. However I do not agree with you re: the vast majority of truckers driving safely within the law. On the highway tractor trailer after tractor trailer speeds past at 75-85 in 65 or lower mph zones, and by my house, a 30mph zone, dump trucks, construction vehicles and tractor trailer transport vehicles all zoom by in excess of the speed limit. It is much harder to bring a heavy, large vehicle to an abrupt stop if the unexpected happens, and the vehicle then becomes a potentially lethal weapon when it cannot stop in time to avoid a collision. The driver usually walks away uninjured while fatalities like this one are the consequence. Excessive speed is a huge risk factor for accidents and way too many truckers fail to obey the posted speed limits.

      • Guest

        Why don’t you post a description of your vehicle so that whenever I see you driving it, I’ll be sure to give you an extremely wide berth.

      • Anonymous

        this is kind of what I meant when I said “Stereotyping” all truckers as lawbreakers….sounds to me like you need to ride with an over the road trucker for a week to educate yourself in this matter before you form an uneducated opinion…….

    • Anonymous

      I agree, well said.  I am the daughter, niece and daughter-in-law of truckers and I completely agree with your statement.  Events such as these are what cause truckers to have horrible reputations.  He should be very thankful not to be in jail and honestly should have his CDL permanently suspended.  Most truck drivers are hard working people in thankless jobs who are pushed to get to their destinations faster and faster.  Hopefully newer regulations will continue to help combat that and events like this will not happen.

    • Anonymous

      VERY well said!!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think the Courts were involved in this decision to suspend the driver’s license; sounds more like the Bureau of Motor Vehicles at a low level made that decision and the driver is now appealing that decision to a higher BMV level.

  • By contesting the suspension is he basically saying the accident was not his fault?  That is what I would think – but how can you not see this as being his fault?  He is the one that was driving with excessive speed and it is his truck that hit the van – not the other way around.  I am with the other two people commenting on this one – it seems as though he should be thankful with the suspension, count his blessings that they weren’t able to prove more (even though from reading the back articles it sounds like he should be held responsible for more…) and move on.

  • Anonymous

    Excessive speed in a tractor trailer truck (a deadly weapon in my opinion) and he is disputing losing his license for 3 years?  Too bad the manslaughter charges couldn’t have been made.  That being said, he was obvious exceeding the speed limit, but I honestly can’t say that I have never looked down at my speedometer to find that I’m about 10 MPH over the speed limit and I bet most honest people can’t say the same has never happened to them.  Of course, I also don’t drive a truck.  I guess I find the “excessive part”, although true in nature, to be a little misleading.

    •  The difference between “excessive speed” and “criminal speed” maybe? 5mph over the limit could be deemed “excessive” or is there a legal definition of excessive? Criminal speeding is 30mph over the limit, but what is excessive?

  • Anonymous

    Some truck drivers drive like they own the road, reckless and unconcerned about anyone else  and I believe this guy should have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and sent to jail for a minimum of 3 to 5 years!   These few reckless cowboys who drive without fear or concern are giving all truck drivers a bad name and most don’t deserve it, they are hard working men and women people trying to make a living doing a tough job on over crowded roads and dealing with many automobile drivers with attitudes who won’t give them a break. 

  • he has some nerve he should feel lucky he is not in prison

  • That little girls life was worth a whole lot more than three years. You are still on the out side of jail . Feel lucky and let this family go on. You killed someone else and still get to enjoy the everyday life. They don’t. Feel sorry for the family of the little girl not. you. 

  • 3 years is a slap on the wrist…… for taking a life

  • Anonymous

    I pray he still loses his license for the 3 years.  Should have been 10 years at least.  Having a drivers license in Maine is a privilege not a right, and in my mind he lost his privilege to ever have a drivers license again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    His guilt that he must live with daily should be enough for him to realize, take you pill and shut up…..be lucky it wasn’t more….I’d never be able to live with the guilt daily knowing that I was responsible for taking the live of someone, adult or child, the guilt is the same, speeding or not…..

  • Anonymous

    I agree with most of the posts here. 3 year license suspension is a joke. How do you not have enough evidence to prove manslaughter when you DO have enough to prove excessive speed? If you can prove negligence, then you have ALREADY proven manslaughter.

    I am very sorry for the family of this little girl Such a tragedy, and you should not be put through this. You should see justice, and I am ashamed that you are not.

    • Anonymous

      Have you ever drove 3mph over the speed limit because he was going 38 in a 35 and his speed never went over the limit until his load shifted.

  • Anonymous

    To mainemom9395: The police found excessive speed of 41 MPH but that was from a reconstruction of an accident, no actual proof. They did not have all the facts before they posted that speed in the paper.  And as a truck drivers wife I am sure that if this happened to your husband, and it could, you would want not want people to comment (hatefully) until all the facts are in. We can all be as professional as we want in our jobs but the truth is accidents do happen even if you are doing the best job you can. It is very sad but true and we are all human.  Which was what happened here. It is tragic what happened to this little girl and believe me Mr Willey will be dealing with this the rest of his life. No one is saying that this little girls life wasn’t worth anything. It was an accident and I cannot ever imagine how it is to lose a child, my heart goes out to the family. Before I condem anyone I want to be sure everything has been looked at and all the evidence is in. I do not feel this has happened. So please before anyone posts mean and hateful things, stop and think about if you were in this situation how would you feel.  Unless you are all perfect.

  • Anonymous

    Fact:  Black box in the truck stated 38 mph in a 35 mph zone.
    Fact:  Mr. Willey’s load shifted and he hit his head on the driver’s side door and it knocked him out before the truck tipped.
    Fact:  Very sad that someone had to lose their life in this accident, especially a child.  No parent should have to go through this.
    Fact:  Accidents DO happen.
    Fact:  Don’t post nasty things unless you truly know the story.

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