A trucker who caused a wreck that injured a highway worker was allegedly smoking marijuana around the time the crash occurred, according to Palm Beach County authorities.
The 27-year-old truck driver was charged with driving under the influence following an investigation that had been underway since the accident that happened in West Palm Beach, radio station WPBF reports.
The 27-year old was behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler that rear-ended a truck and trailer in a work zone on Interstate 95 in the city of Palm Beach County. The trailer broke free and critically injured a construction worker, Joe Kibbs, who was standing on the highway’s shoulder.
Another worker was injured by flying debris, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
According to WPBF, investigators searched the vehicle and found out the 27-year-old was smoking marijuana. They believe he smoked it around the time of the crash, however, the truck driver has denied that.
The truck driver told investigators he was driving 50 mph before the wreck, but authorities allege he was actually traveling 72 mph. The speed limit in the area is 70 mph, the FHP Department says.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in injuries. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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