A trucker has been sentenced to 63 years in prison after he caused an accident which took the life of three people including a 2-year old girl. At his trial, families of the victims called the trucker a “disgrace to humanity,” “scum,” “a monster,” and “a gutless coward” among other things.
Jack Edward Satterfield III, a 29-year-old truck driver from Mississippi, pled guilty to multiple charges including three counts of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, three counts of vehicular homicide, and three counts of leaving the scene of a fatal crash.
It was October 12th, 2018, and Satterfield was driving on I-83 in Lower Paxton Township, PA. The traffic in front of him had stopped due to construction. Satterfield failed to stop his truck, and slammed into the vehicles in front of him.
Zachary Lybrand, 24, his 2-year-old daughter Elliana, and 22-year-old Ethan Van Bochoven were all killed. Nine other vehicles were involved in the crash and seven other people were injured.
Satterfield fled the scene of the crash by climbing through the window of his truck, running across the highway to a nearby hotel, and watching the scene from the parking lot. Police questioned him when they dispersed a crowd that had gathered and saw him limping away.
Satterfield told police that he had been drinking. He had consumed five double-shot margaritas and two or three beers. When police gave him a breathalyzer test, he blew a .152%, significantly over the .08% limit. He was also driving without a valid license. His CDL had been suspended following a guilty plea to drug-possession charges.
During his plea hearing, Satterfield’s lawyer read aloud a letter that his client had written.
“I’m far from a monster the DA and the news media have made me out to be,” Satterfield wrote according to PennLive. “This guilt is overwhelming. I am sorry from the bottom of my soul.”
Dauphin County Judge Deborah E. Curcillo sentenced him to 63 years in prison, with the possibility of parole after 28.5 years.