Tractor Trailer Driver Cited for Running Red Light in Fatal Crash

A tractor trailer driver in New York has been cited in connection with a wreck in Cicero NY that killed two men.

According to media reports, Frank Kowalczyk, 40, from Utica NY was cited for running a red light near a I-81 ramp that caused him to slam into a minivan traveling on Route 31. The crash killed two elderly men; one of them died at the scene, and the other died in the hospital three weeks later.

Our Virginia and North Carolina truck accident legal team sends condolences to the families of the victims. So many fatal crashes involving tractor trailers and passenger vehicles are due to carelessness and recklessness on the part of the truck driver.


For example, one of our past clients was killed in a crash with a truck in Norfolk VA when his car was rear ended by a careless truck driver. While it was true that our client’s vehicle was moving slowly on the interstate due to a tire problem, the truck driver failed to see our client’s car until seconds before the crash.

Through our painstaking work on this Virginia fatal accident, we found that the truck driver did not tell the entire truth to the Virginia State Troopers on the scene. Our research established that the big rig driver had violated rules from the VA CDL Manual. We also found that the truck driver had not controlled his diabetes properly, and his medical condition likely played a factor in the wreck. This case resulted in a $3.5 million settlement that was able to provide needed child support for his young daughter.

All truck drivers have a higher responsibility to strictly follow all traffic laws, and should take proper care of themselves so that they are fit for driving on our highways.