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Stuart News, The (FL)
January 27, 1999
Edition: St. Lucie County
TRUCKER TO BE CHARGED FOR TRAILER THAT HIT GIRL
Article Text:ST. LUCIE COUNTY -
A truck driver whose trailer came loose Thursday, crossed two lanes of highway and struck a 4-year-old girl, neglected to hook up the safety chains that would have prevented the accident, officials said Tuesday. Robert N. Tucholski, 47, of Fort Pierce will be charged with improperly securing the trailer, said Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Pembrook Burrows.
Tucholski was towing the trailer loaded with two concrete-mixing buckets when it came loose near 2521 S. 25th St., slamming into a car, then hitting Brittany Leavesley, who was playing in her front yard. Tucholski declined to comment to reporters after the accident but told Trooper Mac Mickens that he had safety chains on the trailer as he traveled north on 25th Street, FHP reports stated. Brittany remains in serious condition at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach.
Copyright, 1999, E.W. Scripps Company
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