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Trucker on probation after GPS mistake leads to fatal accident

A truck driver was given two years of probation for a GPS-related accident that resulted in a fatality in Ohio.

What happened: Cody D. Weathers, a 46-year-old trucker, was mistakenly led by his GPS to take I-270 with an oversized load in 2019. His load crashed into an overpass in Gahanna, causing it to fall and cover the highway.

  • Following the incident, two other drivers collided with the debris, which led to the death of 38-year-old Muhammed Mubaraka.
  • Weathers, whose equipment indicated he had clearance, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide.

The sentence: Weathers managed to avoid up to five years in prison, instead receiving probation according to The Columbus Dispatch. The judge decided that it will be served in Texas, where Weathers now resides.

The defense: His attorney stated that Weathers, who is no longer a truck driver, thinks about this tragic event every day and accepts full responsibility.

Weathers's ordeal is indicative of the potential dangers that truckers face with GPS systems, especially when hauling oversized loads.

As of the latest report, Weathers has begun his probation period back in Texas.

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