Mom of pedestrian hit by loose trailer: Driver needs to be held accountable

Hunter Wainscott is seen in a photo provided by his family. Wainscott suffered significant injuries, and his friend, Michael Franklin Evans, was killed Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at White Lane and Wible Road in Bakersfield, Calif., when they were hit by a trailer that came loose from a pickup.

The mother of a South Carolina man badly injured while walking when a trailer broke free from a pickup said she wants the driver to be held responsible.

Hunter Wainscott, 18, and Michael Franklin Evans, 32, were walking along Wible Road when the trailer containing concrete blocks came loose from a northbound truck.

Both men were hit by the loose trailer, killing Evans and leaving Wainscott with a broken back and dislocated elbow.

"Accident or not, (the truck's driver) knew that he was suppose to have safety chains on that trailer, and he didn't, and now a good man is dead because of it," said Wainscott's mom, Angel Cribb.

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She said her son and Evans were walking to a restaurant while their car was being repaired nearby. Their car had broken down while driving through Bakersfield, she said.

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The trailer continued into the intersection, where it hit a car. That started a chain-reaction crash involving two other vehicles. One of the drivers in the those cars suffered minor injuries.

Police haven't said whether they will recommend charges against the pickup driver.

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