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Prosecutors say trucker high on meth, charged with negligent homicide

Jerry Hickman, 39, is also now facing 10 counts of first degree battery and six counts of second degree battery. (Courtesy KARK)

The Trucker News Services

9/3/2014

Editor's Note: The following story by Josh Berry can also be found on Arkansasmatters.com
 
CLINTON, AR — KARK News reported on Sept. 3 that Van Buren County prosecutors say the log truck driver involved in a deadly June 2 accident that killed two construction workers and injured 16 more in Clinton, Arkansas, is now charged with negligent homicide in the case.

Jerry Hickman, 39, is also now facing 10 counts of first degree battery and six counts of second degree battery.

Prosecutors also say Hickman was high on meth when he lost control of the big rig loaded with logs that rolled into a crew of construction workers. 

The initial accident report noted that a tire blew on the truck as Hickman drove down Highway 65. It caused his load of logs to shift and overturn the truck. 

Prior to the accident, Hickman had a history with the law. He had pleaded guilty in 2012 to possession for which he was placed on probation for 3 years.
 

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