A Yakima-based trucking company settled with the family of a woman killed after being hit in a freight truck wreck back in 2015. The lawsuit’s dismissal was approved by Superior Court Judge John Hotchkiss. The total sum of the settlement from the wreck has not been disclosed.
The victim of the crash, Carmela Alvarez, was a nursing student in her early twenties. Alvarez and her younger sister were hit by truck driver Kenneth Hahn, a driver for Diamond Freight Systems trucking company; Alvarez’s sister survived with minor injuries. Hahn also hit a school bus driving behind Alvarez’ car. The bus driver and several children were injured in the wreck. Hahn spent a year in prison for vehicular homicide.
The official accident reported shows that Hahn fell asleep while driving, lost control of his truck, and careened over the centerline of Highway 97 into oncoming traffic. Hahn’s truck hit Alvarez’s truck head-on before hitting the Orondo School bus, which managed to steer away at the last minute. The actions of the bus driver, Pamela Robertson, have been credited with preventing even more injuries. 45 of the children riding on the hit school bus were treated with minor injuries.
This isn’t the first accident Hahn had been involved with while driving for Diamond Freight Systems. In the year before, he again fell asleep while driving and hit another vehicle. No one was killed in this accident.
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