Coal Truck Driver Appears In Court

The man who driving a coal truck that hit and killed two woman last month in Johnson County appeared in court Monday.

Leslie Spence entered a not guilty plea to several citations including driving too fast for conditions.

Paramedic Christa Burchett was helping Eric Brown a pregnant woman when the truck driven by Spence lost control.

Both Burchett and brown died in the accident.

A pre trial hearing for Spence is set for February 27th.


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  • by Sam Location: Salyersville on Feb 13, 2008 at 07:00 AM
    Where was the police, this was right in a curve. He needed to be on the other side of the curve so the traffic coming into the curve had plenty of time to stop.So put the blame where it needs to be.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Feb 12, 2008 at 03:13 PM
    The truck driver was not at fault. He was trying to make an honest living. Now others will make his life an even worse hell by this lawsuit.To me that is DISGRACEFUL.Sure the families of the victims deserve the insurance money, but no more than that. They were ALL THREE on the road that day, probably all making a living. Shame on the lawyers and the ones pushing this suit. I would bet the victims would not want this. They would probably say it was an accident. Why tarnish the memory of these women with an act of DISHONESTY? Leave the trucker alone!!!!!
  • by Sad Location: Prestonsburg on Feb 12, 2008 at 11:15 AM
    I feel that it is really sad that it has come to this. There were over 80 accidents that same morning on Eastern Kentucky roadways. I was on the road that morning as well and most people who were involved in these accidents didn't even realize that there was any ice on the road. I feel that is was just that, an accident. I don't believe that the truck driver was at fault either, it just happened like the rest of the accidents. I agree with Concerned that many people are looking for someone to sue, but a lawsuit will not bring this young lady or her baby back. I feel sorry for both the family of this young lady and the truck driver as well. I'm sure she will be missed and he'll probably never be the same either.
  • by ANGRY Location: E.KY on Feb 12, 2008 at 08:35 AM
    APPARENTLY ALL THIS FAMILY WANTS IS MONEY. THEY SEE COAL COMPANY OR COAL TRUCK COMPANY AND KNOW THEY CAN GET MONEY. IT WAS AN ACCIDENT...THE GIRL WRECKED BECAUSE OF WEATHER CONDITIONS, I DON'T THINK THE INSURANCE COMPANY WOULD HAVE SUED HER FOR DRIVING TOO FAST OR WHATEVER. MONEY HUNGRY PEOPLE.
  • by FED_UP Location: Floyd county on Feb 12, 2008 at 08:05 AM
    I'm out on the road a lot and I have seen that coal truck drivers and cops are the fastest and most dangerous drivers on the road and something needs to be done! the stretch of u.s. 23 between prestonsburg and catlettsburg is a death trap because of all the speeding overloaded coal trucks and the cops do nothing to slow them down. I guess with enough money you can get away with anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by UPSET Location: KENTUCKY on Feb 12, 2008 at 08:05 AM
    HER NAME WAS ERICA BROWN, NOT ERIC, AND GET IT RIGHT, THE ACCIDENT KILLED TWO WOMEN AND A BABY! COME ON PEOPLE, DO WE ALL ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT THIS WAS ALL THE TRUCK DRIVERS FAULT...THERE ARE A MILLION THINGS THAT COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE AND WE ARE ALL GRIEVING RIGHT NOW, BUT BLAMING HIM ISN'T THE ANSWER, DON'T YOU THINK HIS LIFE IS HARD ENOUGH RIGHT NOW WITHOUT EVERYONE BLAMING AND JUDGING HIM, HE HAS TO LIVE WITH THIS EVERYDAY TOO! PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR ALL OF THE FAMILIES INVOLVED AND TRY TO REMEMBER HOW YOU WOULD BE FEELING IN THIS SITUATION. WE ALL LOVE AND MISS YOU ERICA AND MATT JR. I KNOW YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN AS EXCEPTIONAL AS YOUR MOMMA. NOW YOU CAN BOTH BE TOGETHER WITHOUT HARM IN HEAVEN.
  • by DANG LAWYERS Location: FLOYD on Feb 12, 2008 at 07:38 AM
    If you want to blame this accident on speed you should be looking at the officer on scene instead of the truck driver. The cop should have been controlling traffic instead of being parked beside the ambulance. He was serving no purpose there laughing & giggling w/ the ambulance personnel.
  • by concerned Location: ky on Feb 12, 2008 at 06:08 AM
    This is terribly wrong....may God be with this driver......he like others that day, working, making a living, he hit ice...many people did that morning....this is so wrong..... wasn't that what happened to the first lady, she also had problems that morning, and working the second lady was there....again this is wrong..
  • by Concerned Location: Johnson County on Feb 12, 2008 at 05:57 AM
    Has anyone looked at automobile insurance or compensation rates in Eastern Kentucky. Every time there is an accident, and that's what this was someone sues. These lawsuits need to stop. Not only the person involved is sued everyone who lives in the area is subject to higher rates. The insurance company pays even if there isn't a suit so why involve every one else and destroy even more lives. It was an accident. The truck driver was just trying to make a living. I'd like to know how many people were on the road that morning also trying to make a living. Are everyone of them being sued?
  • by Annette Location: Martin Co. on Feb 12, 2008 at 05:18 AM
    They say he should not have been on the road while the weather was bad. What was the woman who wrecked doing on the highway? Why was the accident in a different place than were they were checking the lady at? and why wasn't the johnson co. police dept. directing traffic before you came upon the wreck?
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