A recent truck accident has left the University of Illinois community mourning for the loss of music student Mimi Liu, 20. Mimi Liu was a student at the Merit School of Music, where she studied piano. She was a talented musician and remembered as a diligent music student. A swerving truck hit her as she walked on the sidewalk with two friends on campus, and the impact of the collision caused her death. The truck driver claimed that he was suffering from diabetic shock at the time of the accident.
After the accident occurred, authorities were called to the scene to investigate the circumstances behind it. Urbana, Illinois police are continuing to investigate the accident. Since the accident, Urbana police have issued a ticket to Willie Craft Sr., the truck driver, for improper lane usage and driving without auto insurance.Mimi Liu was a very involved student at the University of Illinois, where she was also part of the Chinese Fine Arts Society. She also received many awards for her musical performances as part of the organization.
The two other students who were walking with her at the time of the accident were not seriously injured after the accident, but one of the students is still hospitalized and receiving treatment.In this case, it is unclear whether there was any negligence involved on the part of the truck driver
. A further investigation may show that there were extenuating circumstances that reveal that the driver may have been negligent at the time of the accident. Other factors that may have an impact in causing a trucking accident may be fatigue or speeding on the road. Truck drivers may not follow federal regulations that require them to only drive for eight hours at a time, and this may cause drivers to swerve and lose control of the steering wheel.In other cases, a truck driver may simply choose not to abide by local traffic laws. Failing to stop at a stop sign or yield to pedestrians are actions that can have a major impact on the lives of pedestrians.