South Carolina trucker hides 'reckless homicide' from new employer

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 2/2/2015

A trucker from South Carolina has pleaded guilty to a charge of making false statements on a commercial driver employment application, failing to disclose a fatality accident. Arnold Bradford Williams entered his guilty plea on Jan. 26 in the U.S. District Court in Raleigh, N.C.

In 2013, Williams was charged by police in North Charleston, S.C. with reckless homicide and possessing an open alcohol beverage container following a crash of the tractor-trailer he was operating, which resulted in one fatality and three injuries.

As a result of the accident, Williams was terminated from his position as a driver by his employer in February 2013. In April of that same year, Williams applied to work as a truck driver for a North Carolina-based trucking company and was subsequently hired. He did not disclose his involvement in the fatality crash on his application.

According to the indictment, Williams completed form DQF-1 as part of his application process at the new trucking company. That form requires all commercial vehicle drivers to “list all motor vehicle accidents in which you were involved during the last three years.” The indictment states that Williams left the answer blank. Upon submitting the application, the owner of the trucking company noticed the blank entry, and asked Williams if he had been in any traffic accidents in the past three years. Williams falsely stated that he had not been in any accidents.

Per FMCSA regulations, drivers are required to list all previous accidents on driver employment applications.

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