A truck driver arrested in connection with a Texas
collision that killed 10 people was indicted earlier this month by a grand
jury on nine charges of manslaughter, local media outlets reported.
Police arrested Miroslaw Jozwiak, 45, a
resident of Daytona Beach, FL, after the wreck Sept. 20 on U.S. 75 near
Sherman, TX, which is close to the Oklahoma border. The impact, which involved
two automobiles and Jozwiak’s truck, killed 10 people. Police allege that a
tractor-trailer crossed the centerline and collided with the pickup and an SUV.
The accident occurred inside Sherman city
limits, a little more that a half mile south of Farm-to-Market Highway 1417 on
a four-lane, divided section of U.S. 75, police said.
When officers arrived at the scene, they
found that the northbound tractor-trailer had crossed over into the southbound
lanes, where it collided with the pickup and SUV. Among the dead were five
people from one family – members of three generations.
Jozwiak was initially charged with 10
counts of criminally negligent homicide. ABC
News indicated that the prosecutor in the case was holding back one charge
to gather additional evidence.
Dallas Morning News reported that Jozwiak had Perazine, a component of an anti-psychotic drug that causes
drowsiness, in his urine. But his defense attorney says it was not found in his
blood, indicating it had been metabolized.
In addition to the
possible involvement of prescription drugs, the case has drawn attention
because of law-enforcement officials’ contention that Jozwiak reportedly spoke
The case also caught the
attention of state and federal officials in Illinois. Jozwiak
received his CDL at the McCook facility in suburban Chicago, which was at the
center of the Illinois CDL scandal several years ago.
investigators allege that state officials at the McCook facility took bribes in
exchange for commercial driver’s licenses in the 1990s. More than 60 people
have been convicted in the case, dubbed Operation Safe Road, “and they’re still
keeping score,” said Dave Druker, a spokesman for the Illinois Secretary of