Trucker Charged in Double Fatal Crash

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HUDSON, Mich. (AP) -- A 73-year-old Michigan truck driver accused of running a red light and killing two people in a passing car has been charged with manslaughter and negligent homicide.
Dana D. Elston of North Adams was arraigned Wednesday in Lenawee District Court. He's free on a personal recognizance bond until his preliminary examination March 11. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
Police say Elston was speeding and failed to stop at a signal Oct. 20, 2010, in Hudson. His tractor-trailer hit a car and killed 81-year-old driver Robert J. Haley and 79-year-old passenger Betty I. Walker, both of Hudson.
There's no phone listing for Elston in North Adams, and he couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday night.

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  • by LMP on Mar 3, 2011 at 06:49 AM
    I remember a day when semi truck drivers were polite on the road and were the guys that you could rely on if you had trouble on the road. Seems like these days, they speed, cut people off, and just generally make life unpleasant for others on the road (not all, but a pretty large portion). To speed with a semi truck is akin to throwing knives through a crowd. Sooner or later someone is going to get hit. Those things cannot stop on a dime.
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