It happened on October 11, 2018 on Interstate 295 South. Lieutenant Clark and his crew had just arrived when Labarge lost control of his tractor-trailer when it hydroplaned and crashed into the back of Clark’s fire truck and the firefighters who were standing outside it.
Labarge was criminally negligent by choosing to drive into the storm, as he was coming down from Springfield, Va., and his actions while on the road, including the speeds at which he was traveling in those conditions and that in the moments before the crash, Labarge had moved his tractor-trailer into the lane adjacent to where the back of Clark’s firetruck was parked in.
After the closing arguments, Judge Kelly deliberated for about 20 minutes before coming back and delivering her guilty verdicts.
She stated that she believed the prosecution had proven that the weather was bad and deteriorating that night and that the defenses own witnesses showed that Labarge was traveling at a speed of 64 mph roughly 3.6 miles before the crash occurred. She added Labarge said he was aware that there were emergency response vehicles in the area with their lights active. Labarge will be sentenced on January 13, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. He remains out on bond.
Our condolences to the Charleston (SC) Fire Department on the sudden loss of CFD Firefighter Stephen Matthew Graham, the son of Boiling Springs Chief Steve Graham. He had 1.5 years on the job.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.
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