Guilty plea for tractor trailer driver who struck trooper on I-7

Guilty plea for tractor trailer driver who struck trooper on I-75 in Campbell County

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Following months of recovery, Lindsay was in attendance Monday in Campbell County Court, as Snedeker plead guilty to reckless aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, violation of the move over law and driving while ill or fatigued. Following months of recovery, Lindsay was in attendance Monday in Campbell County Court, as Snedeker plead guilty to reckless aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, violation of the move over law and driving while ill or fatigued.
"It does bring some sort of closure to the situation. It's definitely not something I'm ever going to forget. I suffer from it daily," said Lindsay. "It does bring some sort of closure to the situation. It's definitely not something I'm ever going to forget. I suffer from it daily," said Lindsay.
Authorities say the driver of that tractor trailer, Stewart Snedeker, failed to obey the state's move over law. Authorities say the driver of that tractor trailer, Stewart Snedeker, failed to obey the state's move over law.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

JACKSBORO (WATE) - The driver who seriously injured a state trooper after hitting his patrol car on the side of the interstate last year plead guilty Monday to multiple charges related to the crash.

The accident happened in June 2013 along I-75 in Campbell County.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says Trooper Joey Lindsay was responding to a vehicle fire, and was parked legally on the shoulder with his warning lights on, when his car was struck by a tractor trailer.

Authorities say the driver of that tractor trailer, Stewart Snedeker, failed to obey the state's move over law.

Lindsay suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured vertebrae in his neck, a fractured rib and nerve damage to his left arm.

Following months of recovery, Lindsay was in attendance Monday in Campbell County Court, as Snedeker plead guilty to reckless aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, violation of the move over law and driving while ill or fatigued.

Lindsay and the District Attorney General say they are glad to see Snedeker take responsibility for what could have easily taken Lindsay's life.

"It does bring some sort of closure to the situation. It's definitely not something I'm ever going to forget. I suffer from it daily," said Lindsay.

"We are pleased that the case has resulted in the guilty plea and pleased that Trooper Lindsay is back to work," said Lori Phillips-Jones, district attorney general of the 8th judicial district.

Due to his injuries, which required surgery, Lindsay has only been back at work full time since February, and remains in a lot of pain.

"I don't know that I'll ever be 100 percent," said Lindsay.

He hopes this case will be a reminder to other drivers to respect the move over law, not only for the safety of officers, but for the safety of people they have pulled over.

"We're out here to help, to prevent tragic situations like what happened to me from happening to other people. We care about people," said Lindsay. "It can happen to anybody. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody."

Snedeker was sentenced to three years unsupervised probation.

His license has also been suspended for one year.

According to the move over law, drivers must move to the left lane of the interstate if a police car is sitting on the shoulder.

Lindsay says if you are unable to move over, you must slow down as much as possible.

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