Heartbroken Father Fights For Safer Laws After Wife's Death

A Pitt county man lost his wife and the mother of his two children after a traffic accident that he says could have been prevented.

Now he's lobbying for tougher laws to keep this kind of incident from happening again.

Jamie Langemann is speaking out about the death of his wife, Lisa.

On October 12, Lisa and her two young children were traveling on NC 43 South when a trailer unhitched from a truck and hit her vehicle head on.

The 27-year-old died, but her two kids survived. John Ross of Winterville is charged with Death By Motor Vehicle for the crash.

Troopers say there were no chains or cables to keep the trailer attached.

Now Jamie Langemann says more needs to be done to keep this kind of accident from happening to someone else's family.

Langemann hopes another life will be saved by fighting for tougher laws.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2010 at 02:44 PM
    This goes back to personal responsiblity. The person pulling the trail needs to be responsible to do what is right, not what is fast and dangerous. Until people start taking responsibility for the things they do, without the nanny standing over them, nothing will change.
  • by griping ..about death on Nov 21, 2010 at 12:04 PM
    to anonymous--really, you used the words 'griping' to describe what this man is doing? wow, you must have a LOT of friends! so, it was an accident that doesnt usually happen, but even if one person loses their life, thats too many. its too many for his family and his kids. she had a brand new baby that will never know her mother now. im not sure if laws on the road will change this, maybe more like laws in manufacturing safe vehicles/trailers.
  • by Becky Location: Williamston on Nov 21, 2010 at 06:56 AM
    I have been behind several trucks pulling trailer with no lights. Highway state troopers/sheriff are between us and they don't stop them to investigate them to see if the trailer is properly attached. If you can have driver license checks and be stopped why can't the law stop people pulling trailers and make sure that everyting is properly attached and lights working? I think this a law that needs to reinforced by the highway patrol.
  • by Ron Melancon Location: Glen Allen on Nov 21, 2010 at 06:56 AM
    It happened again in Washington State. We need to act and act now!!!How many more need to loose their lives already!!! Very Clear!!!!! http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/kitsap/nkh/news/109564979.html Driver killed on Suquamish Way after boat and trailer detach from truck Do you still think this is not a National problem?
  • by This Could Happen To you Location: Virginia on Nov 21, 2010 at 06:36 AM
    Why would Henrico Police do this? Your lives are at risk....why are the lives in North Carolina any different than Virginia's? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmlG8_jmuYY And In South Carolina it is the wild, wild west! No Safety Chains and yes.....no registrations.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM1I-tDixzo Your live is at risk in that State from Utility Trailers.
  • by Ron Melanocn Location: Glen Allen on Nov 21, 2010 at 06:13 AM
    To all...we were involved with a Family in Louisiana that tried to get a law passed in June. It passed the House in Louisiana but failed in the Senate. We were going to use this with Virginia's Passed law to take this critical issue Nationwide. See what this two families did and how they were treated. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-EMkEvXDZk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPA-TH-5Ir0 Now this Husband, Father and Family is taking the next step and it is our hope they will join with us. We have the knowledge and we know what we are up against. Why do we have to wait for the next person to loose their life before we address? We are ready to go...we just need the support. It breaks my heart to know that this Thanksgiving and Christmas this family will not have their Mom to cherish the seasons. I put the blame squarely on our Government and I have the evidence that they do not want you to see.
  • by The Truth Location: Virginia on Nov 21, 2010 at 06:03 AM
    4. Trailer connector couplers needs to be made from machined forgings and not the cheap steel pressings used in the US. 5. The towhitches should use proper safe locking mechanisms that eliminates play of the ballmount which will ensure stable towing conditions. 6. Downward weight on the ballmount should be within towing vehicle specifications. 7. Towballs should be manufactured ONLY using forged high quality material which will eliminate any breakage failure on misused balls. 8. Hitch locking mechanisms must be tamper proof. 9. The existing 2" tube and lockpin method used in the US is unsafe and dangerous, The ballmount has a lot of play creating vibration causing metal fatigue to the R-Clip, locking pin and ballmount. If these 9 rules can be followed, safety chains would not be needed at all and fatalities from towing accidents would be eliminated altogether. It has been done in other countries and can be done in the US too, this senseless killing of innocent people should end now.
  • by The Truth Location: Virginia on Nov 21, 2010 at 06:02 AM
    It's with great sadness that I see so many people being injured and killed in accidents that could have been prevented 100% by just having the correct modern towing equipment available in other parts of the world for many years. The US industry needs to standardize and modernize into the 21st Century, Vehicles became sophisticated and very safe during the past 40 years, sadly the US hitch industry are still in the 1970's. Tow hitches and towing CAN be 100% safe and NOBODY needs to die! All that needs to be done is the following: 1. Firstly the safetychains are not the cause of the problem just a poor attempt to cover up the bad quality and designed towhitch systems used in the US. 2. Customer attitudes needs to change that cheap is actually very expensive, and safe costs a little more. 3. Ballsizes needs to be standardized to one size only eliminating people using the wrong couplers on different sized balls. Part One
  • by Ron Melancon Location: Glen Allen on Nov 21, 2010 at 05:57 AM
    To Glass House...I thank you....Is this right...? GRAND RAPIDS -- A Rockford man will serve up to 4 1/2 months in jail for failing to properly secure a trailer he was hauling when it came unhinged and hit an oncoming SUV, killing Toni Hall, a 46-year-old grandmother. Kent County Circuit Court Judge Donald Johnston on Tuesday ordered Thomas Dells to the incarceration stint for the Oct. 28 crash on 10 Mile Road NE, east of Myers Lake Avenue in Courtland Township. Dells had used duct tape as one means of securing the trailer, which he was using to haul items from a foreclosed home. The trailer came loose from Dells' van and became airborne, flying over a car following Dells and hitting the windshield of the sedan driven by Hall. The Government NHSTA has know about this critical issue because I personally addressed this agency and NOTHING HAPPENED. Do you realize we have 8 States that do NOT HAVE A SAFETY CHAIN LAW?
  • by Anonymous LEO on Nov 20, 2010 at 07:38 PM
    Jvoter:...And when is the last time YOU served as a law enforcement officer? I'd say the answer is most likely "Never". Yet, there you go again, thinking you know how my job should be done, when all you know about it is what you've seen on TV. Also, when we DO get out in the rain and right that ticket, THEN whiny complainers like you will drive by and say "Look at that..the cops harass people even when it's raining." I'll tell you what, J...Google search "Me, The Lousy Cop". Read it. It truly says it all.
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