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James Jaillet

Death in Arizona: Ultimate toll of distracted driving

| November 06, 2013

Sad and somewhat horrifying news from Arizona this week reinforces the toll distracted driving can take on life and limb — and trucking’s image.

A Yuma, Ariz.-based driver for Evans Dedicated Systems out of Commerce, Calif., was allegedly using his phone while driving to look at provocative pictures of women, escort sites, porn, Facebook, YouTube and other sites last week when he crashed his truck into several firetrucks and several police cruisers who were responding to a wreck in the middle of Interstate 8 in Yuma County, according to a report from the Arizona Daily Star.

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One of the officers, who was sitting in his cruiser, was killed, the article says.

The phone-handling driver, Jorge Espinoza, has been charged with second-degree murder, endangerment and criminal damage. 

I’d also be willing to wager we’ll receive a notice from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration within the next few weeks saying the Espinoza’s been barred from driving. 

Espinoza’s carrier had installed in the truck one of the driver management systems — a forward-facing and driver-facing camera combo that mounts to the truck’s dash — that filmed both the accident and Espinoza driving before, during and after the accident occurred. 

The video is violent and horrifying. It’s linked to here, and I’ve embedded it below, but I caution you with the disclaimer of how gut-wrenching the video is, especially knowing a police officer died from during the wreck. 

Espinoza had the driver-facing camera blocked with his wallet, so it’s hard to see him before. After he makes contact you can see his phone fly out of his hand. 

It seems from the video as if he didn’t even look up before hitting the police car, and the Daily Star article says Espinoza was driving 65 mph and had his truck on cruise control.



  • guest

    “Jorge” was driving….?? How hilarious…Jorge…look waht chu done now…..you kook!! probably another illegal alien truck driver….they have No respect for anything…his Company had a Camera in cab and he tampered with THAT…now look at what else he did!! How funny..expecting a kook like that to OBEY??????? cops get what they deserve for letting these illegals into America.

  • guest

    Joge Espinoza killed the Cop and smashed into Firemen??? Cops can NOW see how dangerous it is letting these illegal aliens drive TRUCKS…….you cant look THE OTHER WAY now can you???

  • guest

    The Film is too much….shows Jorge doing a fine job!!

  • guest

    Jorge was viewing PORN when he killed the COP?? What do you expect when you hire a low paid MANIAC to drive yer trucks??? This company routinely racks up 90 points on CSA FILE for maintenance violations….what else does this crazy company do??? Who would nametheir child JORGE?? Is this driver perhaps an illegal alien?? That is a foreigner NAME for sure…..they need INVESTIGATED and put OUT OF BUSINESS for starters…I would bet this company runs DOPE…they appear suspicious…and are Obviously Lunatics who hire the WOSRT OF THE WORST “drivers”….driving like he was..hiding from his dash cam(his BOSS can see his wallet hiding himfrom view)….a DRUNK PERSON would have more SENSE than what THIS driver did!!!!!

  • pinkfloyd

    Well I’m sure if they pass more laws it will solve the problem.

  • curtis

    Now I know why two cops in KY waited outside their car while my tire was change on a roadway without any shoulder.

  • g

    Oh its even Worse..the IDIOTA was driving an EMPTY FUEL TANKER when he crashed into the 6 vehicles and killed the Cop??? FMCSA is doing a fine job promoting “safety”??

  • g

    Sure..they have a BRAIN…this guy “JORGE” was not equipped with a brain from birth. However he was willing to work CHEAP so this company couldnt wait to Hire Him and NOW pay the Lawsuit Damages…such a deal…

  • mousekiller

    Gosh , truckers sure have a way of getting to the truth when law enforcement officers cant.They have found he was an illegal. Just because he has a Spanish name. . narrow minded people. Nothing I read said anything about being illegal. What he did was wrong and highly stupid no matter country of origin.
    This will accident and video be used to once again demonize and convince lawmakers we are all the bad guys. Just the actions of one puts 10s of thousands of us on the chopping block. His actions will breed more regulations such as the cell phone blocker.

  • guest

    CSA is making sure “Only The Best Will Drive”..they are doing a fine job….we need more DOPES like JORGE ESPINOZA driving Gasoline Tankers???? Ya couldnt Make Up amore Rediculous Display of what Trucking has become at the hands of the FMCSA…and our OPEN BORDERS cop agencies making SURE idiots like JORGE drive truck…they sure dont pass an IQ TEST at that company.

  • Shawn L Hubbard

    This driver is clearly wrong but it’s hard to take you narrow-minded bigots seriously when you jump to conclusions that he’s illegal because his name is Jorge. Not a single one of you have the courage to use your real name or picture either. And why does it matter if he was driving an empty tanker? Deadheading is part of any driving job.

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  • Middleburybigdog

    There has always been and always will be that 10% that will mess up things for the rest of us.The key is to not over react and make more stupid laws. We loose liberty everyday because of the two sentences listed above.

  • Jake Metzgar

    he should never drive a truck ever again after this wreck NEVER

  • Moi

    Camera’s will not prevent what happened.. Plain & simple. The video is proof…

  • guest

    Sure he is a great guy Shawn……everything is beautiful in trucking…no illegal aliens stealing American’s freight….this driver is a shining example of our good neighbors from the south.

  • Shawn L Hubbard

    I don’t know what kind of guy he is, and neither do you. His name tells you nothing about his immigration status. I know a Mario, an Arturo, a Francisco, a Gabriela…all born in the U.S. Canadian drivers move freight within American borders, I don’t see you whining about that. I guess they have the right skin color.

  • Mind Games

    Does anyone think that if he was paid a professional wage he would have done such a thing? Me thinks not.
    Look a few and I mean a few pilots have done such as this guy and worse but let’s look at the numbers and the numbers alone tell the story.
    When you are treated and paid a professional pay check you take your job dead serious if not then as a rule you take it lightly.
    It won’t prevent any of the goofballs from messing up but it will slow them from coming out of the woodworks like the rats they are they would keep their activities in behind dumpsters where it belongs.
    This guy should be treated like the rat he is and should be exterminated.

  • Mind Games

    No camera no set at 65 mph nothing would have prevented this sexual pervert from masterbate’n his sick mind if not a phone he would have had a magazine.This sick deviant needs the needle!
    You guys that still don’t use a Bluetooth when talking on your phones need to be ripped out of your truck and beaten like a wild animal!!!
    I have a great idea I plan to install a camera on the right side of my truck and send all the video to the DOT!!! I bet you A-Holes are gonna get with the program and I hope that others do the same!!!
    We need to police ourselves and put a stop to this madness before the DOT forces us all to talk to ourselves and or go on strike!

  • guest

    No..I DO know what kind of guy he is and so do the POLICE. He is charged with Murder. Wake up and stop kissing foreigners butts…..Im sure we can assume YOU are a dispatcher and yer boss is a “latino” this is why you are such a Brown Noser??

  • g

    Oh “jorge espinoza” is a pervert allright…$200,000 Bail and charged with HOMICIDE of a COP?? He is a worthless piece of trash that had NO BUSINESS driving a Semi Truck……jorge P.O.S. lol

  • guest

    AMERICANS need these jobs not foreigners…whether they are mexicans or russians or pakistannis….No AMERICAN Trucker except YOU wants them here to keep our wages LOW and steal freight that belongs to AMERICANS. Not some illegal alien foreigner….you MUST be a dispatcher.

  • g

    Usually they put Tape over the lens….a CAMERA will not teach you how to Drive Safely….it will simply MONITOR the crash of idiots like “jorge espinoza”
    What an example of WORST DRIVER EVER..after the crash he had one LIE after ANOTHER until the TRUTH was uncovered this P.O.S. he crawled on his belly like a snake trying to get FREE of the Charges and walk away a FREE MAN!!! What a SCUMBAG.

  • guest

    Shawn YOU are defending old “jorge”…..he is charged with Homicide..got a clue??? he also obstructed justice by lying after the crash…..you LIKE guys like this driving truck??? You are a mental case.

  • Shawn L Hubbard

    There you go again, assuming. What information do you have that he’s a “foreigner”? Unless you’re a brown-skinned native American, you’re a few generations removed from being a foreigner yourself. And no, I’m a driver with a boss named Bill Murphy….hardly “latino”. So it’s not a matter of brown nosing, it’s a matter of not pre-judging, pre-supposing or seeing everything in terms of race or prejudice.

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    Looks like everything was on the breakdown lane except that one cop car, even the cop was standing out of the way.

  • guest

    Oh you are a company driver with a “Boss”…..I see. A politically correct employee too. Young guys like you are programmed and regimented to accept the foreign invasion where we are all ONE and all EQUAL….GIVE to any foreigner all you have.

  • g

    The article says the Killed cop was on the shoulder doing paperwork…not in the highway…

  • Shawn L Hubbard

    I did the BCO thing with Landstar and worked as O/O for six years, so been there, done that. Being local allows me to attend college and volunteer more in the community, things I couldn’t do when I was OTR. I’m 42, not sure I would consider that young. No foreigner is taking anything from me beyond the taxes I pay, and I have no control over that other than voting Republican every two years. Maybe I’m just more tolerant and less hate-filled than most people.

  • mousekiller

    Illegal??? Who said he was illegal? Where is the report? If some weren’t so stupid they would sit down shut up and wait for the facts. A spanish sounding name does not mean illegal. You had better take a long hard look at the term illegals and just who they are. Russians, Serbs, Poles. Albanians. They just are whiter in skin than Spanish and you don’t notice them. Many are illegal too so think before you spout off your ignorance.

  • mousekiller

    You sir, are an idiot first class. Do you really say things like that when facing someone? or just when you hide behind the Guest posting?

  • guest

    Well if they are here ILLEGALLY…Cops need to ARREST them if they are driving an 18 wheeler. Cops do NOT do this. Foreigners are taking OUR jobs and OUR freight…this is NOT legal. That is My point….regardless of the SHADE of their skin. FMCSA busts Americans routinely…no plans for illegal foreigners driving TRUCK..it is Plain Wrong and illegal….cops look the other way on this issue.

  • guest

    if a driver has a cdl there’s no reason for a cop to question his legal status. that is immigration’s job. the people handing out cdls as if they’re pamphlets should be held accountable for giving one to someone without verifying identity.

  • Shawn L Hubbard

    The sad thing is you can’t differentiate between defending him and criticizing racism and bigotry. Jorge deserves prison and he’ll spend a lot of years locked away. I’m not defending him, I’m criticizing assumptions that he’s a illegal because his name is Jorge. If you’re capable of reasoning, you’ll see the difference.

  • Shawn L Hubbard

    What you’re saying is just a repeat of history. Bigots always fear “foreigners”. It was the Irish and the Chinese and the Eastern Europeans and the Japanese, now the Mexicans. Bigots are a broken record. Oh, and I’m a driver. Google Highway Angel of the Year if you need verification.

  • mousekiller

    Simple, truthful. But ignored by law makers.

  • Bill

    NOT TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS TRAGEDY!!!
    Why did the officer have his car parked in the lane and not on the shoulder? Also, it didn’t appear to have mars lights on.

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