Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

Semi driver gets 10-year sentence for crash that killed 5

By The Associated Press

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — An Indiana semi-truck driver involved in a crash that killed five people in northern Illinois has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Francisco Espinal-Quiroz pleaded guilty in November to five counts of reckless homicide and falsifying entries in his logbook that tracks how many hours he was behind the wheel.

Will County Circuit Judge David Carlson handed down the sentence Thursday.

The 53-year-old Espinal-Quiroz was driving July 21, 2014, on Interstate 55 near Channahon when his vehicle slammed into vehicles stopped at a construction zone. The crash killed three people, including an 11-year old girl, in one vehicle and two others in other vehicles.

Espinal-Quiroz is blind in his right eye, but has a waiver to drive a truck through Indiana.

2017-02-17 16:05:27 GMT

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