PEARL RIVER, Miss. (WGNO) - A 26-year-old man who admitted using the shoulder to pass two 18-wheeler trucks leading to a deadly accident on Interstate 10 last year was sentenced to five years in prison, according to the St. Tammany District Attorney's Office.
Daniel Coy received the maximum sentence of five years in prison for negligent homicide and the maximum ten years in prison on a hit-and-run charge. District Judge Ad Hoc Donald Fendlason suspended five years of that charge. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Coy was also ordered to serve probation during the five years that were suspended.
Coy pleaded guilty last month to the charges, which also included a misdemeanor, reckless operation of a vehicle.
Last November, Coy used the right shoulder to pass two 18-wheeler trucks that were in the left and right lanes.
The shoulder narrowed as Coy attempted to pass, and he struck the guard rail, which caused him to swerve suddenly into the right lane. He slammed into an 18-wheeler pushing it to the left lane and into the other 18-wheeler. That truck went over the guardrail at Middle Pearl River, hit the water, and sank.
That truck was driven by 26-year-old Steven Shawn Clark of Alabama. Rescue divers had to be called in to help locate the truck and Clark’s body.
Coy fled the scene, but Louisiana State Police officers were able to track him down with information from witnesses.
Several members of Clark’s family had given a victim impact statement before Coy was sentenced.