Leesburg man sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatal semi crash in Illinois

(Photo supplied/Will County State's Attorney's Office)

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A 10-year prison sentence has been given to an Indiana semi-truck driver involved in a crash that killed five people in northern Illinois two years ago.

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 other people in other vehicles.

Espinal-Quiroz is also blind in his right eye, but had a waiver to drive a truck through the state of Indiana.


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