Both test results for the engineer that crashed the Metro-North Train came back negative for both drugs and alcohol. This means he really did crash the train due to a lack of sleep.
The question is can you be held liable for the lack of sleep. Prosecution for drowsy driving can be difficult. There have been multiple cases where lack of sleep was the cause in the death of others. In all of these cases it has been proven that it can really go either way.
What it comes down to is what is your definition of reckless. The driver had not taken any drugs, alcohol or pills to make him reckless. He was not on his phone at the time of his crash. What he did was not get enough sleep. The question is…is that enough to prosecute him for manslaughter.
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