Washington state trucker pleads not guilty in firefighter death

2013-07-04T04:01:00Z Washington state trucker pleads not guilty in firefighter deathBy EDITH BRADY-LUNNY - Lee News Service Writer Herald-Review.com

BLOOMINGTON — A Washington state man pleaded not guilty and was taken into custody following his arraignment Wednesday on reckless-homicide charges related to the March death of a Hudson firefighter at an interstate accident scene.

Mansur Shakirov, 28, of Spokane must post $10,025 to be released on charges related to the death of Chris Brown, 39, of Hudson, who was also a Charleston High School graduate.

Shakirov is accused of losing control of the semitruck he was driving on an icy Interstate 39 and crashing into emergency workers, including Brown, and vehicles at the accident scene. Brown, who also was a full-time firefighter with the Bloomington Fire Department, died that night at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, and five others were injured.

One of those hurt, Hudson firefighter Tyler Cobler, has filed a federal lawsuit against Shakirov and the company that employed him, Move It Auto Transport, also located in Washington state. The lawsuit was filed in May in U.S. District Court in Peoria.

The complaint contends Cobler suffered permanent injuries and pain and has lost past earnings and will lose future earnings because of his injuries. It states that Shakirov was reckless and/or negligent the night of the crash.

The lawsuit also alleges the company committed 17 violations, including failing to maintain proper records and documents, failing to properly train Shakirov, allowing the driver to operate without adequate safety management controls and failing to investigate the competence of the driver.

Shakirov, who was hauling cars on his semitruck, was booked into the McLean County Jail following Wednesday’s hearing where he was represented by Twin City lawyer Chris Gramm.

eblunny@pantagraph.com

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