Woman Jailed in Shooting of Trucker
The sad trend of violence against truck drivers continue with one trucker losing his life during a recent altercation in Iowa.
A woman is currently in custody after she is alleged to have murdered a trucker at a rest stop off I-80. The woman was quickly arrested by authorities after shooting the male driver. The shooting is believed to have happened a little before 3 a.m. according to the Iowa County Sheriff’s Office. The incident occurred at a location 40 miles west of Iowa City.
The shooter, Mariana T. Lesnic, was charged with first-degree murder. The 43-year-old is being heled at the Iowa County jail in Marengo on a $1 million cash-only bond.
The officers reported that Lesnic is alleged to have killed the victim “willfully, deliberately, and with premeditation by shooting him with a firearm.” No additional details are available at this time. The victim’s name is also being withheld until contact with relatives can be made.
The shooter is alleged to have a Colorado driver’s license, and she could be facing life in prison without parole.
This tragedy is the newest addition to a growing list of commercial driver fatalities. The troubling statistic has drivers and administrators concerned, so much so that dedicated groups, protests, and prospective legislation have all resulted from an effort to protect drives from harm.
A trucker was beaten and robbed in a bathroom stall last week while stopping at a rest area in Wisconsin, and local authorities are still looking for the attackers. Though the trucker escaped with his life in this case, many of these instances end with a fatality.
Four truckers were killed on the job last month, with three occurring in a single week. One of the most famous instances of a truck driver being killed on the job is that of Michael Boeglin, who was shot and burned in his truck.
Criminals frequently target those who are not familiar with their surroundings are lack quick contact with others. This means commercial operators can be at much greater risk for violent crimes.
Current legislative proposals suggest allowing drivers to carry a firearm during interstate travel for protection.