August 15, 2014 — A family remembers their loved ones, one year after a semi-truck crash on I-65 in Jasper County that killed seven members of their family, but they are horrified that the County Prosecutor chose not to press charges against the truck driver. The Lakeshore’s Chris Nolte reports.
[Victim photo, courtesy of family to ABC7, Chicago]
It was August 15th, 2013, and the family’s SUV was stopped in traffic approaching a work zone when it was rear-ended by a semi-truck. The initial impact pushed the vehicle into another semi ahead of them. The SUV then burst into flames — killing 27-year-old Lindsey Williams, her 35-year-old sister Yvette, a 49-year-old uncle and four children.
The Truck Safety Coalition says the lack of skid marks on the road indicate that the driver failed to slow down or brake before colliding with the family’s vehicle. The advocacy group says that led the Williams family to speculate that the truck driver was either inattentive or fatigued. Judith Williams lost her daughters, grandchildren and brother in what she says could have been a preventable accident.
The father and grandfather, Gerald Williams, says it’s a shame that drivers can’t be in a work zone waiting on traffic to move without being rear ended. He, too, said he was devastated that there are no charges being filed against this truck driver. The prosecutor’s office said tests showed there were no drugs or alcohol in the Michigan trucker’s system at the time of the fatal crash.