Florida trucker indicted in severe injury crash by Knox County grand jury

Florida trucker indicted in severe injury crash by Knox County grand jury

February 28th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A Knox County grand jury has indicted a Florida truck driver in a crash that severely injured a Tennessee state trooper.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and failure to drive within a single lane were returned against Eric D. Lewis.

Police said the 33-year-old Lewis fell asleep while driving a tractor-trailer truck on Interstate 40/75 in western Knox County on March 14, 2012. The truck slammed into a Tennessee Highway Patrol cruiser in which Sgt. Lowell Russell was filling out paperwork. The car was parked on the shoulder and the emergency lights were operating.

A passing ambulance crew and Lewis pulled Lowell from the burning car.

Lewis was driving for FHS Trucking in Orlando, Fla.