Fatal I-88 accident costs trucker his license – permanently
A truck driver from Hanover Park has been forbidden from driving commercial vehicles for the rest of his life, after being charged in a fatal accident on I-88.
Federal investigators say Renato Velasquez had been driving 38 hours on less than 4 hours sleep on January 27th, when he fell asleep at the wheel, and his truck hit and killed tollway worker Vincent Petrella and injured state trooper Douglas Balder; both men had stopped to help a disabled vehicle.
Federal transportation officials say Velasquez is “an imminent hazard to public safety.”
Trooper Balder is still recovering from his injuries; he filed a lawsuit against Velasquez Monday.