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What happens next for truck driver who hit and killed man on freeway?

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The Las Vegas Paving semi-truck that fatally struck a shooting suspect on U.S. 95 on Sept. 29, 2016. (Source: FOX5) The Las Vegas Paving semi-truck that fatally struck a shooting suspect on U.S. 95 on Sept. 29, 2016. (Source: FOX5)
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A man behind the wheel of a semi-truck is not at fault for hitting and killing someone who ran in front of him on the freeway, but the crash could still damage his career.

Police said the man who died was running away from them because he was a suspect in a shooting. He was later identified as 34-year-old Lewis William Borland.

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Some people called the driver a hero. Others say they feel bad for him, but not for the suspect.

Troopers with the Nevada Highway Patrol said the driver of the Las Vegas Paving truck wouldn’t have been able to stop in time, even if he was in a small car.

David Brower is the vice-president of risk management for a different trucking company, TruLine Corporation. He said he feels bad for all of the victims’ families in this case.

“My heart goes out to him. It honestly does. It's a dramatic thing to have happen to a driver -- to a human being quite frankly,” said Brower. “It might not be until he gets in the truck again before he really realizes what the effect might be.”

Even when the driver does recover, this crash will always be on his record.

For some companies, that might be a deal breaker.

“It is unfair,” said Brower. “Regardless of how clear cut it seems… there is no real differentiation between preventable and non-preventable.”

Brower said some companies, like his, will give drivers an opportunity to explain their crashes as a part of the hiring process, but not all companies have that policy. Some require that a driver not have any crashes on their record in the past three years, and they may not even look into the circumstances of the incident.

The drivers’ co-workers tell FOX5 he was known as one of the safest on the roads and that they hope he gets back behind the wheel whenever he’s ready.

“It's a dramatic thing. Drivers are people just like us,” said Brower. “They've got families. They've got emotions and feelings, and when something like that happens it can have a long-term effect.”

The Nevada Highway Patrol released the name of the driver, but FOX5 has chosen not to publish it out of respect for the family’s privacy.

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