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Monday, June 9, 2008

More Info on IN Tower Killed By Intoxicated Driver

Here's the story from the Princeton Daily Clarion:
Truck driver in custody after fatal crash
Posted: Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 - 05:19:17 pm EDT

Clarion Staff Report

PRINCETON - A Henderson, Ky. coal truck driver remained in custody today in connection with a crash that claimed the life of a Mackey resident.

Mike E. Cunningham, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene of an incident that occurred around 1:40 p.m. Friday on U.S. 41 and Lyles Station Road.

Randall McSwain, 50, was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, causing death and for failure to move over for a stationary recovery vehicle.

Indiana State Police Trooper Brad Chandler's report states McSwain was under the influence of cocaine at the time of the incident.

Cunningham, a tow truck driver for 64 Garage in Princeton, parked his flatbed tow truck on the emergency shoulder of U.S. 41 south of the Lyles Station road intersection and had completed loading a disabled Chevrolet S-10 pickup when he was struck by the coal truck, according to the state police report.

Chandler's report says Cunningham's truck was completely off the roadway, but he was standing on the left side of his truck near the white line. The tow truck's emergency amber lights were flashing when McSwain's southbound 1999 International coal truck struck and killed him.

McSwain's truck also sideswiped the tow truck, causing extensive damage, then left the road on the west side and overturned.

Police said McSwain was not injured. McSwain was lodged in the Gibson County Jail without bond.

He is expected to make an initial court appearance today or Tuesday.


sprintgal7tw said...

Randall McSwain was sentenced this past Friday, Sept. 26, 2008. He was handed an 18 year prison sentence, which was only 2 years less than the maximum sentence for the crime. Mike Cunningham was married to my sister and the father of my nephews.

Cyndi Kight, Associate Editor of Towing & Recovery Footnotes said...

Thank you for updating us on this.