Driver Whose Truck Hit, Killed Woman Gets Five Years

… Man fell asleep at the wheel of triple-tractor trailer, killing Cockeysville resident …

By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun

4:51 PM EST, January 12, 2012

A truck driver who killed a Stevenson University professor and seriously injured her two sons in a 2010 crash on the Ohio Turnpike was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

Douglas Bouch, 49, of Greenville, Pa., pleaded guilty in county court to aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of Susan Slattery, 47, who was returning to Cockeysville with her sons after visiting relatives. Police say Bouch fell asleep and his triple-tractor trailer smashed into Slattery’s car and careened into five other vehicles just outside Cleveland.

Ed Slattery, the victim’s husband, said he took no joy in the prison sentence but hoped it would send a message to Congress and the trucking industry that the issue of driver fatigue must be addressed. Slattery has campaigned on Capitol Hill for more stringent safety regulations.

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