Henrico, VA — Authorities in Henrico have confirmed that 42-year old Clarence Risher Jr. has been charged with multiple offenses in connection with a fatal 18-wheeler accident last Friday in Henrico. Police said that Karen Whitaker, 60, was killed when her car was hit by Risher’s 18-wheeler last Friday (November 29) along New Market Road/Route 5.

The accident happened at about 2:19 p.m. near Four Mile Creek Baptist Church. The details of the accident are still being investigated, but the news reports indicated that an 18-wheeler had jackknifed before or after hitting Whitaker’s white Ford Mustang. The wreck occurred near Doran Road.

Late Monday morning, the Henrico Police said that Risher is being charged with a logbook violation, reckless driving, having alcohol in the truck, not having a valid CDL, and other offenses.

Scene of the Accident


If these allegations against the truck driver are true, then this is a very serious situation. In fact, the driver may face criminal charges as a result. Now, legally speaking, there are a few ways to think about this kind of situation. On one hand, the trucking company who hired this driver should be questioned. Did they know their driver was operating without a license? What about alcohol in the cab? If there were logbook violations, does that trucking company have any kind of system for accountability? Ultimately, this company may have to answer for employing a negligent driver – which could ultimately translate to negligence on their behalf.

On the other hand, however, having a criminal element in an accident like this can complicate matters. It’s not uncommon for a trucking company to claim, “Our insurance policy doesn’t cover criminal acts on behalf of our driver. This accident was his fault, and we won’t be paying out any kind of relief to the victim’s family.” You can see how something that seems so simple can actually get quite complex. Most people, I’ve found, just don’t know much about how trucking accidents work in regards to the law, and I hope this information is helpful.


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