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Wisconsin trucker charged for traffic accident that caused the death of a state trooper

Twenty-six-year-old trucker Andrew Bokelman was arraigned on Wednesday, November 13 in relation to a truck accident he caused last spring at the Tri-State Tollway that resulted in the death of Illinois State Police Trooper James Sauter.

Bokelman is facing up to three years of imprisonment for charges in connection with driving while stressed and violating federal regulations stating a trucker cannot drive after a 14-hour work period without stopping to rest for at least 10 consecutive hours.

According to prosecutors, Bokelman had been on shift since 6 in the morning, 18 hours before the  accident. When he was two hours into his 8 hour trip to Louisville, he fell asleep, causing his semi-trailer to move over to the left shoulder of southbound Interstate 294 near Northbrook, Illinois at around 11 p.m. on March 28, 2013.

Bokelman woke up to flames coming from his truck and discovered that his vehicle had crashed into Sauter’s squad car.

If you or someone dear to you has been hurt in a vehicular accident in Waukesha, a lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier can help you. Contact us at (262) 523-4700 to discuss your situation and possible legal options.

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