Trucker Jailed for Death of 10 Year Old Boys
A truck driver will spend six months in jail for causing a horrific accident last summer in Madison County that claimed the lives of two young boys. Thomas Green Land Jr., 58, drove his big rig into the back of a car in which Evan Escoe and Samuel Hart, both 10, were riding in the back seat. Escoe died immediately, and Hart passed away the next day at a local hospital.
Elisha Hart, Samuel’s mother, was driving the boys to Sandy Creek Park to go swimming when Land rear-ended the car with his tractor trailer. The crash occurred on Commerce Road when Hart slowed due to a car turning ahead of her, and Land was traveling too closely to be able to stop completely before slamming into the rear of the vehicle.
Land pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree vehicular homicide. He was also charged with following a vehicle too closely. Land will serve six months of his two year sentence behind bars, and the remainder on probation upon his release. His driver’s license will be suspended as well.
Land’s attorney Kevin Almeroth said, “He indicated early on that he intended to enter guilty pleas as to accept responsibility for what happened and not unnecessarily burden the Escoe and Hart families with having to endure the court process any longer than necessary,” according to local news reports.
This tragic story is heartbreaking. What a terrible loss for these boys’ families and friends. I am glad to see that this truck driver is taking responsibility for what happened. This is a difficult situation for him as well, and for everyone involved. The fact of the matter is that truck drivers have a greater responsibility on the road than regular drivers. Driving an 18-wheeler is a big job, and these trucks can do a lot more damage to other cars than a personal vehicle can. Driving a big rig requires extra training and extreme caution and responsibility on the part of the driver.