A North Carolina tractor-trailer driver is in jail in Jefferson County Wisconsin for making an illegal u-turn that caused a motorcyclist to crash into the side of the big rig and die.
Jeremy M. Pearce, 39 of Henderson, N.C., was charged with homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle following the crash he caused on Highway 16 near Hustisford Road in the town of Ixonia on August 16, 2010 at 1:10p.m. Pearce originally denied to investigators that he was trying to make a u-turn and claimed he was only trying to make a left hand turn on Hustisford Road, but investigators felt a u-turn was in progress given the location of the tractor trailer after the crash - it was parked across Highway 16.
When investigators interviewed Pearce a second time, he admitted that he was making a u-turn at the time of the deadly collision. He also acknowledged that it was against the rules of his truck company to make such a maneuver.