New Jersey trucker who left scene of accident that killed 2 declared ‘imminent hazard’ by FMCSA

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The Federal Motor Carrier Administration, in conjunction with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, has barred a New Jersey trucker who fled the scene of a fatal accident from operating any commercial vehicle that requires a commercial driver’s license.

WASHINGTON — A New Jersey-licensed truck driver who caused a fatal accident in September has been declared an imminent hazard to public safety by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

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On Sept. 4, 2020, Quentin Campbell was operating a tractor-trailer on Interstate 90 in Monroe County, New York, traveling westbound when he made an illegal U-turn and was struck by an eastbound passenger vehicle. Both occupants of the passenger vehicle were killed. Instead of stopping, Campbell completed the illegal U-turn and fled the scene. He was later arrested by New York State Police officers and charged with two counts of manslaughter and one count of leaving the scene of a fatal crash.

In conjunction with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, the FMCSA has disqualified Campbell from operating any commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for which a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is required. Campbell was served the federal order on Oct. 15, 2020.

The FMCSA’s imminent hazard out-of-service order states that Campbell’s “blatant and egregious violations of the [federal safety regulations] and ongoing and repeated disregard for the safety of the motoring public … substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to you and the motoring public.”

Failure to comply with the provisions of a federal imminent hazard out-of-service order may result in action by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for equitable relief and punitive damages. Civil penalties of up to $1,848 may be assessed for each violation of operating a commercial motor vehicle in violation of the order. Knowing and/or willful violation of the order may also result in criminal penalties.

Campbell also may be subject to a civil penalty enforcement proceeding brought by the FMCSA for his violation of the agency’s safety regulations.

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  1. I can not understand why a driver would try to make a U turn on an Interstate highway. I saw one on I-270 in Illinois try a U turn and got stuck in a deep ditch. There are exits to make U turns. And it a whole lot safer.


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