A Harris County man has been placed on probation and fined after pleading guilty to an indictment filed in connection with his alleged role in a fatal multi-vehicle accident along Interstate 30 in Hunt County.
Muhidin Milanovic of Houston entered the plea July 8 to the charge of criminally negligent homicide.
A trial was set to begin before 196th District Court Judge Andrew Bench before the plea agreement was reached.
Milanovic, 56, was placed on four years of deferred adjudication probation, with a $1,000 fine. He was also ordered to serve 80 hours of community service.
Milanovic was charged with the crash which occurred on the afternoon of Nov. 14, 2016.
The Hunt County grand jury issued a sealed indictment in May 2018. Milanovic was taken into custody in Webb County on June 4, 2018.
The indictment stated Milanovic’s actions led to the death of Janice Huffman because he failed “to keep a proper lookout and failing to stop his vehicle in time to avoid a collision with motor vehicle(s) which were stopped in the roadway in front of him.”
Huffman, 64, of Fort Worth, was pronounced dead at the scene of the five-vehicle accident.
One other person, Sasha Whitaker, 25, of Mount Vernon, was also reported to have died in the accident. Four other people were injured in the accident.
At the time, Department of Public Safety Spokesperson Sgt. Kyle Bradford said the driver of an eastbound 2007 Volvo 18-wheeler failed to compensate as he approached a line of traffic that had slowed on the highway at the 82 mile marker.
The semi hit a Lexus sport utility vehicle that was being driven by Huffman, a Nissan Frontier and a second 18-wheeler, which then struck a Chevrolet Equinox.
The accident scene stretched between the 82- and 84-mile markers along the interstate, with debris scattered on the highway and the south service road.
Units from the Cash, Union Valley, Caddo Mills and Royse City fire departments were dispatched to the scene.
Milanovic’s charge was filed as a state jail felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of up to two years in a state jail.