Brian Knoll, the truck driver accused of causing a fatal crash on I-17 one week ago, admitted to investigators that he had fallen asleep just seconds before the accident. The crash resulted in the death of Paul Troupe, age 22, as well as injuring several others. Knoll’s truck was travelling northbound when he rear-ended four vehicles and then hit the median, spilling its cargo—concrete pavers—into the southbound lanes.
I-17 was closed in both directions at Bell Road as crews worked to clear the fiery wreckage. When investigators arrived on the scene to speak with Knoll, they noted that he was unable to keep his balance and was slurring his speech. While alcohol was ruled out, Knoll admitted that he had taken a muscle relaxer the previous evening to ease his back and shoulder pain, as well as to help him sleep.
When officers arrived at the scene, Paul Troupe’s car was on fire, and a DPS officer pulled him out of the flames and began chest compressions. Troupe was later pronounced dead at the hospital. One other individual sustained life-threatening injuries, and was placed on life support at the hospital. Three more victims were admitted with injuries, while others were able to be treated at the scene.
Brian Knoll has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and second-degree murder, as well as other charges related the wreck. The attorneys of Curry, Pearson & Wooten would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family of Paul Troupe, as well as those affected by this terrible crash.