Aug. 11, 2010 - New Jersey - In December of 2008, volunteer firefighter Jerry Patrick was killed in a truck accident when his emergency vehicle was suddenly hit by a commercial truck.
The Clark Fork Chronicle reports that at the time of the incident, Patrick was answering an emergency call on the side of Interstate Highway 90. The truck, which was driven by Sergey Buslayev of Emmerson, New Jersey, crashed into Patrick's truck. Patrick died at the scene of the accident.
According to an accident report, Patrick's fire truck had its emergency lights flashing at the time of the incident.
The report states that Buslayev, 56, had lost control of his truck while approaching Patrick's vehicle, and that the truck spun out of control, crashed into Patrick's vehicle, and crushed the front compartment. Patrick had been inside the front compartment at that time.
Officials have determined that Buslayev was driving between 63 and 72 mph when his truck spun out of control. "At a speed of 69 mph," court documents stated, "The Patrick vehicle would have been visible to Mr. Buslayev for about 25 seconds before impact."
On July 24, 2010, Buslayev was arrested by police of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and charged with negligent homicide. The highest penalty for a conviction of negligent homicide is 20 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
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