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    Be sure all loads are secured...no matter how inconsequential they may seem to be...How awful this is ...

    Driver who lost ladder in fatal I-285 crash could face... | www.ajc.com
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    That is terrible. You gotta figure that the guy has to know it was him, I doubt he got where he was going and didn't realize there used to be a ladder up there. This article will probably scare him away from turning himself in, though it is kind of confusing

    Georgia State Troopers say that the driver who was carrying the ladder is liable and faces criminal charges.
    Later in the article it says this

    Chandler said it was unlikely that any charges would be filed in the crash.
    Is this because they don't think they will be able to figure out who it was

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikehaugen View Post
    Is this because they don't think they will be able to figure out who it was
    probably no charges for anyone involved in the crash... I'm sure they'll try hard to get the driver who lost the ladder.
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    Years ago WFOX in Atlanta had a call in show that aired at the afternoon rush hour where drivers called in all the different items that had fallen of vehicles...ladders were almost always the most reported items...along with mattresses, washing machines, refrigerators etc...etc...
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    It's so common in SoCal that the news breaks in the afternoon, and sometimes morning drive often starts with "Well, we've got our first ladder of the day in the..."
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    “Troopers are going to run down what caused the accident,” McDonough said. “Most things that have been purchased recently have a bar code that shows who bought it, when it was purchased and where it was purchased.” He advised the driver who lost the ladder to turn him- or herself in to authorities.
    It's my opinion that this is a flat-out fabrication, designed to convince the driver to turn him or her-self in. Yes, they have a bar code. But the bar code is seldom specific to the store that sold the item, unless the item is store-brand specific. And the bar code doesn't track back to who purchased the item, since all items of that same type have the same bar code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshuabardwell View Post
    It's my opinion that this is a flat-out fabrication, designed to convince the driver to turn him or her-self in. Yes, they have a bar code. But the bar code is seldom specific to the store that sold the item, unless the item is store-brand specific. And the bar code doesn't track back to who purchased the item, since all items of that same type have the same bar code.
    I agree with you...but I'm sure they have finger prints and they will print this ladder...trust me...whoever dropped it is just taking a gamble....but I know what you mean...they well could be trying to bluff the driver to turn themselves in....Scary...I feel sorry for all involved ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by brin View Post
    I agree with you...but I'm sure they have finger prints and they will print this ladder...trust me...whoever dropped it is just taking a gamble....but I know what you mean...they well could be trying to bluff the driver to turn themselves in....Scary...I feel sorry for all involved ..
    I tell you what: if it was me, I'm not sure I wouldn't put my head down and cross my fingers. I dunno. I would feel guilty that somebody died, and maybe I would feel guilty enough to turn myself in. But IMO the chances of them actually catching this person if they don't turn themselves in are low, and I'm not sure I wouldn't be scared enough to try to get out of it. They're just going to have to get lucky and somebody saw the plate or something. Fingerprints off the ladder? Only useful if the person has a criminal record and is in a database somewhere, right?

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    Or was ever in the military, has a concealed weapons permit, has a Port pass (TWIC), has any class III weapons and the list probably goes on and on...
    Fingerprints are getting pretty common but if the owner cut his finger on a sharp corner and left some DNA... now they might not have that on file YET!
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshuabardwell View Post
    I tell you what: if it was me, I'm not sure I wouldn't put my head down and cross my fingers. I dunno. I would feel guilty that somebody died, and maybe I would feel guilty enough to turn myself in. But IMO the chances of them actually catching this person if they don't turn themselves in are low, and I'm not sure I wouldn't be scared enough to try to get out of it. They're just going to have to get lucky and somebody saw the plate or something. Fingerprints off the ladder? Only useful if the person has a criminal record and is in a database somewhere, right?
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    I once ran over a ladder in the highway in a low sports car (Honda S2000) and it was a miracle nothing got damaged and nobody got hurt. It was lined up long way in the direction of travel, and right where one side of the car's wheels would ride over it. I remember seeing it, mentally thinking "ladder!" and then the car was bap-bap-bap-bap-bap-bap-bap-bap driving over the rungs before I could react. Talking to a state trooper later on, he told me it's extremely common, and they take it very seriously. In the wrong position, a ladder in the road can cause a major wreck like what happened in the story linked here. That's a real tragedy. The responsible driver sure should be on the hook for this.

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