FMCSA Declares Florida Driver an Imminent Hazard

December 3, 2014

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered Florida long-haul driver James H. Patterson not to operate any commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce, declaring him an imminent hazard to public safety. Patterson was involved in an accident in November that killed the driver of a passenger vehicle. 

On Nov. 13, Patterson was driving through Rockingham County, Va., when he crossed the center lane and struck a passenger vehicle, killing the driver, Connie Stever, 54, of Mathias, W.Va. According to published reports, police say Patterson's tractor-trailer flipped on top of Stever's vehicle.

State law enforcement charged him with involuntary manslaughter for driving while suspended and in possession of a controlled substance (prescription pills), and driving after being declared a habitual offender.

Patterson was also found to be using a cell phone while driving, speeding and in violation of federal hours of service regulations.The FMCSA order will prevent Patterson from participating in interstate commerce driving.

Tuesday, according to published reports, a judge denied Patterson's appeal to receive bond.


  1. 1. Jean [ December 04, 2014 @ 05:53AM ]

    That's all fine and dandy, but what about the rest of the folks that carry on like this. Seems the gov't has more concern about sleep apnea. I'll say it again. If truck drivers could make the same money for 40 hours that it takes them 70 hours to do it would be a better world. They would be able to get out of that seat. Every issue leads back to the same thing. I guess it makes for a good storyline.

  2. 2. concerned citizen [ December 13, 2014 @ 06:20PM ]

    Well he made enough money for drugs.... don't think pay rate had anything to do with that.....

  3. 3. BeBe [ December 13, 2014 @ 09:28PM ]

    My heart goes out to the family of Connie ! And why her life was taken due to gov or states. Not making regulations for people with problems(addiction,health issues,precriptions ,etc)who drive. .. Their should be a registry. U punch in their driver licience no. Or ss# before u hire them.. And it would come up warning this person has been ....arrested.. DUI... Drug issues .. Etc.. And should have a machine on his vechile to blow in or something ...if he we re hired to drive anything or run any eguipment...and if ur only tested on hire ... That doesn't mean he didn't prep for the test ,if ya know what I mean? Who hired him.. And what state allowed him if he's been in trouble have a licence. And hippa should not apply on a hiring basic if involves other peoples safety.. Now all her children and family, wonder why they don't have a mother ,cause someone hired a reckless person ! Laws have to be changed to protect the innocent and also responsible employers....God Bless her family, so many life's have been changed from this tragic accident ....Sad !


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