By JB Clark
TUPELO – An investigation report released Thursday says the driver whose semitrailer crashed into Acceptance Auto Insurance on South Gloster Street last Friday failed to set the truck’s parking brake.
Tupelo Police Lt. Tim Clouse said no charges will be filed. The semitrailer’s driver wasn’t in the truck when it rolled into another vehicle and business Friday morning, killing a mother and her young child.
The investigation conducted by Tupelo Police and the Mississippi Highway Patrol said “it appears” the driver of the semitrailer did not set the parking brake on the truck before getting out, causing the truck to roll away.
“Because it’s such a freak accident, we didn’t see any criminal charges that needed to be filed but there still could be civil litigation,” Clouse said. “The family has the option if they want to pursue it.”
The accident happened Friday around 10:45 a.m. when the truck rolled down Mitchell Road Extended without a driver, continued across South Gloster Street and then collided with a Chevy HHR, pushing it through the front of Acceptance Auto Assurance.
The two occupants of the HHR, Olidia Acosta, 20 and her daughter, Vianett Castillo, 2, both of Shannon, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
As it stands, the case will not be reviewed by the grand jury since the investigation did now show any malicious or criminal intent on the part of the driver.
The truck was operated by Crete Carrier Corporation out of Lincoln, Neb.