Truck Driver To Return To Court For Fatal Accident

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Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The trial for a 25-year old truck driver charged in a three-vehicle accident that claimed the lives of an elderly Upper Peninsula couple last year has been postponed a second time.

Harley Durocher of Gwinn was slated to go on trial this month in Delta County Circuit Court after his initial trial date in December was rescheduled. The trial is now scheduled for April 21.

Durocher was driving a logging truck on the night of March 20, 2013 when he ran a red light at an intersection in Gladstone and his semi slammed into two vehicles.

One of the drivers, 73-year old Thomas Swift of Escanaba, died at the scene.

His 73-year old wife Barbara, a passenger in the vehicle, died of her injuries several days later at Marquette General Hospital. Durocher was not injured in the accident.

Durocher is charged with two counts each of operating a motor vehicle with the presence of a controlled substance causing death, reckless driving causing death and operating with a suspended license causing death.

He faces up to 15 years in prison on each count, if convicted.  Durocher remains free on a $25,000 bond.

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