A North Carolina driver will be spending at least ten years in prison after pleading guilty to killing the driver of a daycare van in a collision three years ago.
The North Carolina driver is 40-year-old Holly Springs resident Seth Charles Tracy. The authorities said he was impaired by medication when the accident occurred on November 6, 2018. The victim was 39-year-old Martha Darlene Peterson.
When he appeared in court on Wednesday, Tracy admitted to charges of second-degree murder and driving while impaired.
At the time of the crash, Tracy was an employee of Bizzy Bee Plumbing. As he drove along Barber Mill Road, his truck went over the center line and crashed head-on into the other vehicle.
A number of people had previously called 911 to report that a truck was swerving across the road. Dashboard footage from inside the vehicle showed it crossed the center line more than 20 times before the crash.
Peterson worked for Kids Country of Clayton. At least five people including children were injured in the accident.
Methadone and generic Xanax were found in Tracy’s blood.
Peterson, along with several other drivers, had pulled to the side of the road to avoid a collision. However, she was unsuccessful.
Tracy’s co-workers said he was often impaired at work and the company hired someone to drive him around. However, he was allowed to drive himself from a job just before the crash, according to the authorities.
President of Bizzy Bee Plumbing Robert Schwachenwald apologized following the crash. He insisted that Bizzy Bee randomly drug test employees and it didn’t allow impaired workers to drive.
He said Tracy would not have been allowed behind the wheel if the company had been notified about his condition.
Tracy had ten previous crashes and ten convictions for speeding on his record.
If you suffer injuries or lose a loved one because of a reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a North Carolina car accident attorney for advice.