March 12th, 2010
04:13 PM ET
8 years ago

Truck driver in Reid accident twice cited for speeding

Harry Reid's wife and daughter were injured in a car crash Thursday in Washington.

Harry Reid's wife and daughter were injured in a car crash Thursday in Washington.

Washington (CNN) - The Ohio truck driver charged with reckless driving in an accident that injured Sen. Harry Reid's wife and daughter has twice been convicted of speeding, and once for a vehicle registration violation, records show.

Alan W. Snader, 59, was convicted of speeding in 1998 and 2001, and of a registration violation in 2007, according to records CNN obtained from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The records do not give details of the infractions.

Records also show that he was involved in accidents in 1998 and 2004, but do not indicate if he was at fault.

On Thursday, Snader was charged with reckless driving after the tractor-trailer he was driving on I-95 in northern Virginia rear-ended a 2005 Honda Odyssey mini-van in a chain-reaction accident that involved two other vehicles.

Sen. Reid's daughter Lana Reid Barringer, 48, who was driving the mini-van, and his wife, Landra G. Reid, 69, a passenger, were both injured. Landra suffered a broken back and a broken neck in the crash; Barringer suffered minor injuries, Sen. Reid's office said Thursday.

Snader was not injured in the crash, authorities said. Every individual was wearing a safety belt.

Snader was driving a tractor-trailer was loaded with rolls of plastic, according to Virginia State Police. When the Honda began braking for traffic, the truck hit it, forcing it into a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and forcing the Cherokee into the next lane where it struck a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The drivers of the Jeep and the Chevrolet were also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Attempts to reach Snader were unsuccessful.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Any tractor-trailer driver that gets wreckless driving citations should automatically lose their license. If they keep doing it then they should have a permanent ban on commercial license. I personally have almost been killed twice by crazy tractor-trailer drivers.

    March 12, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |

    glad to hear your wife and daughter are ok there harry but dont worry you will be able to spend a lot of time with them after the elections since you wont have a job

    March 12, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Stacie

    I'm continuing to say prayers for Mrs. Reid. The driver AND his company should face serious penalties. With all the people looking for work, they decided to hire this guy...he shouldn't be allowed to ride a bike!

    March 12, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. TCM

    wow...good thing we don't have universal healthcare, she'd have died waiting for treatment! bad, that's right, congress and their families aren't subject to the same rules they're trying to shove down everyone else's throat...

    March 12, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. all the news that's fit to omit

    I detest Reid and his politica, but I hope his wife and daughter are OK.

    God bless both of them.

    March 12, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. afp

    Best wishes for the full recovery of your wife's and daughter's injuries Sen. Reid.

    To TCM and I WANT MINES – very inappropriate commentary – shame!

    March 12, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Diana Smith

    Do you think he would have been charged if the accident did not involve a senators family. His record is good would you have gone back to his 18th birthday to slam him. Yea I thought so. How sad

    March 12, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Jim

    Reed is only a few months from being able to spend considerable time with his wife. I am sure the voters in Nevada will make that possibility a reality.

    March 12, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    He's probably one of those Boehner republicans that thinks he can run rough-shod over anyone he wants to.

    March 12, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Diana Smith says, "Do you think he would have been charged if the accident did not involve a senators family."

    Well, yes, he would have been cited, regardless of who he hit. He lost control of his vehicle, a very large, heavy, dangerous vehicle. It's approriate that he was cited.

    Why don't you take a look at the law before you spout your hateful nonsense?

    March 12, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    TCM says, "wow...good thing we don't have universal healthcare, she'd have died waiting for treatment!"

    If our health care system is so wonderful, then why isn't everyone else in the world lining up to reform their systems to match ours?

    Your statement is stupid, as it implies that everyone who's ever been in an auto accident in Canada, Germany, Englans, Scandanavia, etc., etc., etc., has died because they've had to wait for treatment.

    You anti-health care reform folks are pathetic!

    March 12, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. kf

    Our society is sick as I read some of the comments put to Senator Reid. Take politics out of it and wish this entire family a quick recovery. The Senator may not have been in the vehicle but this is his family.

    March 12, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. El Gordo

    I'm really glad that the Reid family has terrific government provided health insurance. I'm happy that Reid has a good high-paying job with terrific benefits and a great retirement plan.

    On the subject of Canadians: a Canadian visitor I happened to be driving around Chicago revealed to me that she was always frightened when she comes to the US. She said, "I'm always terrified that I'll be in a car wreck or something and the medical bills will bankrupt me." She also confessed that she had a terrible fear of being shot while in the US.

    March 12, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Marc

    TCM – March 12th, 2010 4:19 pm ET

    Dude, families are off limits. I had nothing to say about Sen. McCain's daughter until she started to express her points of view. If Sen. Reed's wife or daughter ever do one public statement about politics then go ahead. Families are off limits.

    That said, what does universal healthcare has to do with ERs?

    March 12, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. Kimberly from Houston, Texas

    Come on people, you can disagree politically, but do you have to be so mean spirited toward Reid & his family.

    When will we get beyond this sort of intolerance....

    March 12, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Marc

    Diana Smith – March 12th, 2010 4:26 pm ET

    Are you implying that the law only applies to those who drive recklessly IF they hurt the family of a VIP?
    This is USA lady, things don't go as you think they do.
    Fortunately for even you.

    March 12, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Phil Cooper

    ThinkAgain wrote: "If our health care system is so wonderful, then why isn't everyone else in the world lining up to reform their systems to match ours?"

    Answer: Because their still enthralled by socialism - but they're beginning to wake up.

    March 12, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. cruncher111

    Hey TCM....before you open your mouth, learn something. 1) Canada – universal health care..avereage emergency response time 15% faster than in U.S. England, universal healthcare, average emergency response time, 18% faster than U.S. And there are 23 other examples.

    Stop listening to nazi type propaganda on fox... and read some facts before you make fool of yourself.



    March 12, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Smiley

    Pray your family... Take of care by God's hands

    March 12, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. normajean

    Any one with a heart is praying that Harry Reids family are going to be "good as new" and back home with no lasting problems. After the accident there were some really nasty comments from rotten,unhappy people that do that sort of thing for kicks. I believe that "what you do and say will come back to haunt you , I've seen it happen..These hate filled people might be wise to take that seriously.The majority of us wish the Reids our prayers and a speedy recovery.

    March 12, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. Pat F

    All these sanctimomious Democrats with their "families are off-limits" crap have no problem making fun of Sarah Palin's Down's Syndrome child and her daughter who is a teenaged mother.

    I have no harsh comments to make about Reid's wife and daughter – I wish them all the best. But spare me the "families are sacred" speeches, please. You'd sell your own grandmother to al queda if the Obamessaiah told you to.

    March 12, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. Marc

    Phil Cooper – 'enthralled by socialism'? Are you serious?
    To put it simple: Margaret Thatcher.
    Devotee follower of Ayn Rand's phylosophy about how a government should act in the case you don't know about who I am talking.
    Did it helped to revive UK's economy? Yes. Did it helped to improve the lifes of the UK citizens? NO.
    Health Care sank to low and lower levels possible, the health of the children (as a whole) was the lower one in Western Europe and she couldn't care less. The economy of the country and NOT its inhabitants' health was her main goal.
    Ever since she left the Health Care (and HEALTH as a whole) of the UK citizens has improved.
    And you claim that they want to return to HER DAYS?

    March 12, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. Tom

    1 less Jap car on our roads!

    March 12, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Robin


    Ask Liam Neeson how he feels about Canadian Healthcare. Natasha Richardson, when it was evident there was a serious problem, was taken to a hospital that did not have the means to care for it.

    If the accident happened in the US, she might have lived, because the doctors would be able to CAT scan her and relieve the pressure on her brain.

    Also, why is it that Danny Williams, Canadian Premier came to Florida for his surgery. He was also unapologetice about his trip to the United States for heart surgery earlier and knew it would spark outcry, but he concluded his personal health trumped any public fallout over the controversial decision.

    Plus, everything is Canada is 1/3 more expensive then in the USA, so their healthcare isn't really free, is it?


    March 12, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Red by Choice

    So what? I've had a couple of speeding tickets over my thirty years of driving. I've also never had an accident. Everyone speeds and nearly everyone has had a speeding ticket or two. Professional drivers are more likely to get a ticket because they are on the road so much more than the to-and-from-work drivers.

    Most of the time when a semi rear ends a car it's because the semi has created an adequate following/stopping distance between his truck and the car in front of him and some dumb-a driving a car decides to slide in front of the truck thinking he/she can pass a car or two in the process. Hey idiots, trucks leave a big gap for a reason - they need it to stop in time. They do not leave the big gap just so you can cut in and try to go a little faster.

    CNN, find a real story to write about or possibly find someone with some knowledge of trucking to consult with.

    Geez, there is no shortage of stupidity here.

    My prayers to Sister Reid and her daughter.

    March 12, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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