• May 24, 2021

Brandie Lee Kasper, Leonard Christian Kasper IV Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Lancaster County, PA

UPDATE (April 15, 2022): Current reports show that the truck driver involved in the crash, identified as Cesar Torres, faces two counts of homicide by vehicle as well as involuntary manslaughter. Reports also list charges for failure to stop at a red signal and speed violations. Police allege that the truck running the light was the "sole contributor to the cause of the collision," but the exact reason the truck went through the light remains unclear at this time.

Lancaster County, PA -- May 22, 2021, Brandie Lee Kasper and Leonard Christian Kasper IV were killed after an accident involving an 18-wheeler.

Investigators responded to the crash scene late Saturday at Main Street and Graystone Road. Investigators said that 21-year-old Brandie Lee Kasper and 18-year-old Leonard Christian Kasper IV were in a pickup. For reasons currently unclear, that pickup and a tractor-trailer collided at the intersection, causing a fire.

Both Brandie and Leonard succumbed to fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. Authoritie shave yet to determine what caused the crash.

Commentary on Brandie Kasper, Leonard Kasper 18-wheeler Accident in Lancaster County

It's at least encouraging to see a follow up on this devastating crash, and it would appear police believe the truck going through the red light is what led to the fatal accident. As open-and-shut as that may seem--especially with reported criminal charges--there could still be unique challenges standing between the victims' loved ones and the resolution they deserve. I've had plenty of cases where a truck driver faced charges, and that didn't at all stop their employers from taking every possible step to avoid responsibility.

Brandie Kasper Leonard Kasper IV 18-wheeler Accident Lancaster County PA

For example, I had a case not long ago where a truck driver that was under the influence of drugs crashed into slowed traffic. As clear as that seemed, the trucking company denied that the drugs had anything to do with the crash. Instead, they blamed a nearby ambulance for blinding their driver. As ridiculous as that is, I've seen less experienced attorneys ruin more straight-forward crashes by not taking a flimsy defense seriously. We weren't going to make that mistake.

Part of our investigations that proved crucial was actually going to all of the area ambulance dispatchers until we were able to find the one that was in the area at the time of the crash. Thanks to their meticulous records, it was clear the ambulance was about a mile down the road from the crash--way too far to blind anyone. Only after picking apart their defense did the trucking company finally take responsibility for their actions.

I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but even this long after a crash with this much seemingly in one side's favor, trucking and insurance companies have teams of professionals whose responsibility it is to minimize their losses. It's only prudent to make sure victims and families also have experienced professionals on their side to fight for the resolution they deserve.

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