Truck driver gets 10 years in prison for Walworth County crash death

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Kevin Hoffman
Saturday, November 19, 2011
— A Tennessee truck driver who in April caused an accident on Highway 12 that killed his father-in-law was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.

The victim’s family appeared in support of William Cobb, 49, during his sentencing hearing in Walworth County Court. Dwight Moshier, son of the victim, Gene Moshier, asked the judge to accept a plea agreement, saying family members hoped to put the matter behind them.

Cobb crashed his semi April 27 at Highway 12 and McLean Road in Geneva Township, killing Moshier, who was in the sleeping compartment. Police said Cobb struck an embankment, throwing Moshier into the front window.

Cobb wasn’t intoxicated, but blood tests later found he took several prescription drugs that likely impaired his ability to drive, according to Walworth County District Attorney Phillip Koss. Cobb pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle by using a controlled substance.

Cobb also was wearing a Fentanyl patch, but authorities concluded it didn’t contribute to crash. Fentanyl is a painkiller reportedly more powerful than morphine.

Through the agreement, Cobb will spend 10 years in prison followed by 10 years of extended supervision. He has no prior criminal record.

Koss believed the agreement was fair based on the “unique set of circumstances in the case.” Cobb’s wife, Debra, died in the days following the crash after she came to Wisconsin to support her husband and make funeral arrangements for her father.

Dwight Moshier said Cobb was close with Gene Moshier. Cobb spoke briefly through tears, apologizing to his family and the state.

Last updated: 6:53 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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