Ernest Demetrius Cohens, the trucker who killed a motorcyclist in a Bucks County truck crash in early February, has been found to be solely responsible for the tragic accident.
The accident, in which 55-year-old Terry Kriebel was struck by Cohens’ tractor-trailer, occurred at approximately 6 a.m. on February 3, 2011. The cause of the accident has been determined to be due to Cohens’ negligent decision to make an illegal U-turn on Route 309, directly into the path of Kriebel’s motorcycle.
After the accident occurred, Cohens assisted another motorist in covering Kriebel’s body with a sheet before re-boarding his truck and leaving the scene. Cohens was arrested nearly 40 minutes later after continuing on a reckless driving spree in which he struck two utility poles and a bridge.
Police shortly learned that they were dealing with a driver who had a history of negligence and reckless driving. Cohens has faced 22 license suspensions since April 2007, as well as an additional 25 motor vehicle violations on the tractor trailer he was driving.
Cohens is facing charges of vehicular homicide, accidents involving death while not properly licensed, recklessly endangering another person, flight to avoid apprehension, and a number of other motor vehicle violations.
In addition to the number of charges against him for the wreck, Cohens will also face charges for possession of child pornography.
Cohens remains in Bucks County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 cash bail.