Truck driver charged following runaway wheel unit crash in October
EDMONTON -- A 66-year-old man and the driving company he worked for are facing four charges after a runaway wheel unit from his truck hit and killed a driver on Oct. 28, 2020.
EPS Major Collision investigators charged Errol Hunt Thursday with various traffic safety offences.
Meghan Weis, a 36-year-old woman and Grade 5 and 6 French immersion teacher at Our Lady of the Prairies, was killed after her vehicle was struck by the runaway wheel unit from Hunt’s transport truck. She also was a mother of two boys and wife.
Police say an investigation determined that an eight-wheel converter dolly separated from Hunt’s tractor-trailer unit and struck the driver side of the other vehicle.
According to police, the semi-tractor unit was travelling westbound on Lessard Road when the dolly dislodged from Hunt’s truck, crossed the median through oncoming traffic, and ultimately collided with the van.
Hunt faces four traffic and vehicle safety offences, including failure to prepare a trip inspection report, operating a commercial vehicle in a prohibited manner under the Traffic Safety Act, and operating a heavy truck off truck route as defined in Edmonton bylaws.
He is scheduled to appear in court on May 12.
Investigators also charged Rene Transport Limited, the trucking company Hunt worked for at the time of the incident, with offences including trailer hitch latch mechanisms not securely latching and equipment safety system not maintained in good working order.