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Pennsylvania Truck Driver Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Vehicular Homicide Relating to Hours-of-Service Violations

On March 7, a state court judge in Easton, Pennsylvania, sentenced truck driver Carlos Aguirre-Giraldo to 2 years in prison and 2 years supervised release for his role in a truck crash that killed two individuals. Aguirre-Giraldo was convicted in January of vehicular homicide and related charges. According to testimony at trial, Aguirre-Giraldo, a truck driver for Industrias Suarez Sa Incorporated, of Clifton, New Jersey, was driving on Interstate 78 near Allentown, Pennsylvania, on December 27, 2005, when his truck crossed the median, struck a passenger vehicle and killed the two occupants, including a 21-year-old veteran of the Iraq war. Aguirre-Giraldo was also convicted of two counts of involuntary manslaughter and five counts of reckless endangerment. OIG investigated this case with the Pennsylvania State Police and FMSCA.