St. Cloud semi crash kills 2, seriously injures another


According to the Star Tribune on March 18, 2017, Thomas L. Findlay, 66, of Sartell, was killed when his taxi he was driving was rear-ended by James D. Cockram, 61, of Owatonna. One of the passengers of the taxi, Emily R. LeTourneau, 22, of Big Lake, was killed and the other passenger, Marche D. Price, 24, of New Hope was seriously injured in the crash.


The taxi, operated by Elite Taxi, was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Highway 10 and St. Germain Street on the east side of St. Cloud when the tractor-trailer driven by Mr. Cockram rear-ended the taxi. The crash occurred at approximately 7:20 a.m. Law enforcement investigators say there is no indication Cockram took any evasive action or applied any braking prior to the crash. Charges are expected to be filed against Cockram.


Minnesota drivers have a responsibility to drive carefully. Unfortunately, many drivers do not drive with the care required of such a potentially dangerous activity. Operating a semi truck and trailer requires a heightened level of awareness due to the inability of such vehicles to slow and stop quickly and due to the disparity in their size in relation to other vehicles on the roadway. Commercial drivers like Mr. Cockram and his company must follow specialized rules designed to protect the motoring public.


It is important to seek immediate assistance from an attorney who specializes in motor vehicle crashes if you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a crash. Time is often critical in documenting and preserving critical evidence. When a crash involves a commercial vehicle it is important to select an attorney with experience in such cases and well versed in the regulations that apply to the commercial trucking industry. The personal injury attorneys at Maschka, Riedy & Ries are adept at analyzing all potential sources of liability and recovery for their injured clients and
represent clients throughout Minnesota and have extensive experience in crashes involving commercial motor vehicles.


Source: Star Tribune, "Charges likely against semi driver who allegedly hit cab at St. Cloud light, killed 2" Paul Walsh, March 18, 2017.

Writen by:  Jed Chronic, Maschka, Riedy & Ries Law Firm