Fatal I-88 accident costs trucker his license – permanently

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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.

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  • Larry Rizzo

    Too many Highway workers get maimed, injured badly or worse yet Killed on area highways every year. Hopefully they won't allow him a car license as well. My co-worker back in July 14th 1987 was killed on the Stevenson Ramp to South Bound Dan-Ryan Ramp while he was working for I.D.O.T. blocking the lane with a truck and arrow board, the person that killed him ran him over and said that his brakes failed!!!!And the saddest part of his untimely death was that the next day his family and him were supposed to leave for vacation to his native country Scotland.( R.I.P. SCOTTY)