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Garbage Truck Driver Faces Charges in Fatal Queens Collision

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In a tragic incident in Suffolk County, a trucker has been indicted on charges including criminally negligent homicide following a July 2023 accident that claimed the life of a 24-year-old man. Jaswinder Singh, 52, of Bellrose, Queens, reportedly drove his 19-ton garbage truck at excessive speeds into stationary traffic in Hauppauge, New York, causing a catastrophic multi-vehicle collision.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office asserts that on July 3, Singh was traveling from Brooklyn to a commercial operation in Suffolk County when he failed to decelerate the massive vehicle or apply its brakes upon turning onto a service road, ultimately plowing into several cars, including the victim’s Honda Civic. The victim, identified as Joseph Kelly of West Islip, was pronounced dead at the scene due to the immediate impact of the collision.

The force of the truck’s collision initiated a chain reaction that resulted in a devastating pileup affecting five vehicles, among them a school bus. The resultant crash led to a debris field that extended for about 300 feet, according to statements from the prosecutors involved in the case.

Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney commented on the gravity of the event, condemning the defendant’s alleged reckless behavior behind the wheel of the heavy truck and noting the significant responsibility of handling such a vehicle on public roads.

Source: New York Daily News

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