Crash Victim's Mother Says Truck Driver's Charges Aren't Strong Enough

October 04, 2018 10:29 PM

Prosecutors announced several charges against Jon Lindeman Thursday, including reckless driving, careless driving and exceeding the weight limit.

Lindeman was driving the semi-truck that rear-ended 22-year-old Katie Burkey's car on Highway 169 in New Hope last September, killing the young woman and injuring others involved in the pile-up.


Charging documents say the semi was nearly 10,000 pounds over the legal weight limit, the driver was speeding and he may have been distracted in the moments leading up to the crash.

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"Just because a year has come and gone, my life has still changed forever," said Burkey's mother, Karen Altman.

Last month, Altman rallied together other families and advocates on the first anniversary of her daughter's death. It was just after she had learned that any charges that could come wouldn't rise to a felony level.

Supporters gathered at the steps of the State Capitol, all looking to change the standards that must be met for criminal vehicular charges.

"I had to do something," said Altman. "We had to do something that would hopefully be instrumental in implementing some kind of change so that maybe other families don't have to experience this down the road."

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She says she'll continue pushing to change state law to allow for harsher penalties in accidents like her daughter's and is already reaching out to lawmakers for help.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has reached out to the attorney representing Lindeman and is waiting to hear back for comment.

Lindeman's first appearance is scheduled for Oct. 18.


Katherine Johnson

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