Caught on tape, driver surfs the ‘net’ as he plows into Officer Tim Huffman.
YUMA, AZ — The shocking video has been seen worldwide and continues to trend across social media. Jorge Espinosa, a gas tanker driver for Evans Dedicated Systems, looking at his cell phone while obliviously plowing into Arizona State Trooper Tim Huffman.
Huffman, engaged in a road-side accident investigation, was killed.
Now, noted truck accident attorney Michael Leizerman has filed suit against Espinoza and Evans Dedicated Systems in the Superior Court of Arizona, representing Officer Huffman’s identical twin brother Warren Huffman, Jr. and his father Warren Huffman, Sr.
“The family has many questions about how a truck driver could be allowed to surf the web while driving a gas tanker, let alone any vehicle,” said Leizerman. “I hope to provide Officer Huffman’s family with the answers, and closure, they deserve.”
The complaint alleges that Espinoza violated federal regulations by using his cell phone while driving and that he “intentionally covered the in-cab dash camera with his wallet” to hide what he was doing. The stunning dash cam video shows the cell phone flying from Espinosa’s hand at the moment of the collision. Click HERE to read the complaint.
The police report reveals that Espinoza was looking at photographs of “several women in provocative positions, wearing little clothing.” Police also reveal that Espinosa “accessed adult sexual sites, female escort services and other social networking sites while driving the gas tanker” a day earlier.
Espinoza, of Yuma, is charged with one count of second degree murder, thirteen counts of endangerment and seven counts of criminal damage.
Officer Huffman is survived by his father Warren Huffman, Sr., and his siblings Paul Huffman, Tom Huffman, Warren Huffman Jr. and Lisa Huffman-Medina.
ABOUT MICHAEL LEIZERMAN
Michael Leizerman is respected as one of the nation’s leading truck accident attorneys. His passion is seeking justice for victims of commercial trucking accidents. Leizerman is the author of the West Legal Treatise “Litigating Truck Accident Cases” and is the founding chairman of the Trucking Litigation Group of the American Association of Justice.