A trucker charged with reckless homicide in the death of a Medical University student has been banned by federal regulators from operating a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Wednesday it has declared South Carolina-licensed truck driver Arnold Bradford Williams to be an imminent hazard to public safety.

“Safety is our highest priority,” said DOT Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Companies and drivers who willfully violate safety laws will not be allowed to operate.”

In late January, Williams was charged by North Charleston Police with reckless homicide and possessing an open alcohol beverage container. His tractor-trailer crashed into four stopped vehicles, causing a fatality and three injuries, the DOT said.

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