LINCOLN — The truck driver involved in a 2011 crash that killed a Bellevue toddler is on parole for a 32-year-old murder in Delaware.
Leamond Pierce, then 21, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 1981 shooting of a 30-year-old man in Wilmington.
Pierce, now 53, is on parole, said John Painter, spokesman for the Delaware Department of Correction.
Painter said Delaware law prevented him from discussing Pierce's criminal history. Nor could he say how long Pierce was incarcerated or whether the terms of his parole allowed him to operate a semitrailer truck outside of Delaware.
The Wilmington Journal News reported that Pierce would be eligible for parole in 1993, which was 11 years after his 1982 sentencing.
The newspaper coverage did not indicate when he was released.
Pierce was behind the wheel Dec. 3, 2011, on Interstate 80 near Waverly when his truck rear-ended a Toyota Camry carrying a Bellevue couple and their two young children. The collision killed Aidan Curry, the 2-year-old son of Robert Curry and Jennifer Brock.
Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly said he will decide soon whether to file criminal charges against Pierce. The deadline to file misdemeanor charges in the case is Monday.
The prosecutor said Pierce had a valid commercial driver's license at the time of the Nebraska crash.
Pierce's murder conviction will not factor into the decision on potential Nebraska charges, Kelly said.
At the time of the crash, Pierce was working for United Distribution, a Wilmington trucking company. He no longer drives for the company, said Thomas Locher, an Omaha attorney who represents the firm.
“It was a very tragic accident, but I will tell you our investigation suggests that he was not at fault,” Locher said.
It was his understanding that a decision had been made not to file criminal charges in the case, Locher said.
Brock, the boy's mother, said an accident reconstruction by the State Patrol indicated that Pierce was moving at 69 mph seconds before the crash, which was in excess of the speed limit. The same report noted that the car driven by her husband was moving about 35 mph because of slick, snowy conditions.
Attempts to reach Pierce were unsuccessful.
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Correction: Leamond Pierce was on parole at the time of the 2011 fatal crash in Lincoln, said John Painter, spokesman for the Delaware Department of Correction. Contrary to an earlier report, he is not on probation. However, he is under closer supervision because of a parole violation last August.