Mich. trucker faces March trial for crash


A 2013 trial date has been set in Maumee Municipal Court for a Michigan trucker charged in an August, 2011, chain-reaction crash that killed three people.

John N. Tucker, 66, of Flint is charged with three counts each of vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter and three traffic counts of fatality through the negligent operation of a commercial motor vehicle. If convicted of the manslaughter charges, he faces up to six months in jail for each charge.

Judge Gary Byers set a March 6 trial date.

Killed in the Aug. 4 crash on I-475-/U.S. 23 were James South, 68, of Monclova Township; Dale Barnhiser, 52, of Grand Rapids, Ohio, and Jodi Lubas, 40, of Maumee. Diana Dixon, 48, of Coraopolis, Pa., was injured.