Kent, OH — The driver who was killed early Friday morning (September 6, 2013) along I-76 has been identified as William Zeller, 42 years old. Police reported that Zeller was killed at about 7:47 a.m. after an 18-wheeler failed to notice slowed traffic on I-76 in Tallmadge and crashed into the rear of Zeller’s car.
According to reports from the Tallmadge Express, Zeller was driving west along I-76 near the Southeast Avenue overpass just before 8:00 this morning when he slowed down for congested, heavy traffic. An 18-wheeler truck behind Zeller apparently failed to brake in time and crashed into his car.
Zeller was ejected from the impact and died immediately from his injuries. The truck driver, who wasn’t identified, was also injured and it’s unclear if charges would be filed.
Scene of the Accident
This accident marks at least 4 deaths I’ve come across in the news where a commercial truck fails to slow down in time for stopped traffic. Now, in most cases, this is an issue with the truck driver possibly being distracted or, in some instances, impaired. I really hope that the authorities take a close look at the driver during their investigation, and that’s not slight against truck drivers. Many people are quick to point the finger, but the fact of the matter is that truck drivers are held to a higher standard of responsibility than regular drivers and they ought to behave as such. Failing to slow down in time due to distraction is simply unacceptable and nobody else should have to pay the price for that.
— Grossman Law Offices