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Trucker gets two years' probation for 2013 accident

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 05 2014 02:26:54 PM CST
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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -

The tractor-trailer driver who caused a serious accident on Route 309 in northern Bucks County last year has pleaded guilty to recklessly endangering another person and put on probation for two years.

Mark Delbridge, 41, of Lyles, Tenn., entered his plea Tuesday in Bucks County Court.

Atty. Ellis Klein, Delbridge's lawyer, said his client is so disraught about the accident that he has decided he no longer wants to be a truck driver.

Klein said Delbridge immediately quit his job after the accident.

The negotiated plea resulted in a sentence of two years' probation with conditions.  Delbridge must take a safe driving course, pay restitution and have no contact with the victim. He will also have his CDL license suspended for a year.

The accident occurred on Feb. 14, 2013, at Rt. 309 and Pumping Station Road in Richland Township.

Delbridge was driving an 18-wheeler when he went through a red light and struck a pickup truck crossing the intersection.

Bucks County Assistant District Attorney Antonetta Stancu said Delbridge was distracted, looking at his GPS system for at least 7 seconds prior to the accident.

The tractor-trailer jacknifed and the pickup ended up in an embankment.

The driver of the pickup was seriously injured and on life support after the accident. Stancu said the victim's doctor called it a "medical miracle" that he survived.