Truck Driver Involved in Deadly Crash Says, “I’m Sorry”

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CLINTON, AR — The driver of a log truck that lost control and caused a crash that killed two construction workers has been charged.

39-year-old Jerry Hickman was in court Wednesday for a hearing on his parole status when prosecutors announced he would be charged for the deaths and injuries caused in the July 2 crash.
 
Prosecutors say Hickman was high on methamphetamine while driving a log truck down US-65 in Clinton when he lost control, spilling logs onto a bridge where construction crews were working.
   
Two workers were killed and 16 others were injured, some seriously.

“I’m sorry,” Hickman said Wednesday after being told his combined charges could add up to more than 250 years in prison.  “I never meant for something like that to happen.”

Hickman denied using methamphetamine the day of the crash, but officers at the scene said his “motions were slow” and “his behavior resembles a person that is intoxicated.”
   
Sources close to the investigation say blood tests found levels of methamphetamine more than twice what’s considered toxic.

Hickman was charged Wednesday with two counts of negligent homicide and 16 counts of battery. 

He pleaded not guilty during a hearing and his bond was set at at $250,000.


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