He bypassed multiple runaway truck ramps, and chose to crash into cars instead of off the side of the road or into a parked big rig on the shoulder. I don’t think there is any doubt he was negligent in his operation of the truck (proper gearing, speed limits, etc).
However 110 years is fairly ridiculous for what should be manslaughter, and the guy is obviously sincerely devasted and sorry for what happened. The punishment seems more vindictive than appropriate, but it sounds like the judges hands were tied by mandatory minimum requirements.
I drive a mountain pass on a major interstate a lot and see atrocious and dangerous driving from truckers all the time. It’s a vital job, but penalties for dangerous driving from them need to be harsher and better enforced IMO.
110 years is too much, but I don’t really understand the vocal support this guy is receiving from the trucking community for illegal, dangerous driving and killing people. Not the hill I’d choose to die on. Do they really want him as the face of trucking??