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Man acquitted on charges in fatal drunken driving crash

November 23, 2018

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been acquitted of vehicular manslaughter in the 2014 drunken driving death of another man aiding a motorist.

The Stamford Advocate reports Jose Sierra-Velasquez was acquitted Tuesday by a state judge following a three-day trial.

The 30-year-old Stamford man was convicted for driving drunk in the crash. He could face up to a year in jail on the DUI charge at his January sentencing.

Investigators say Velasquez was driving a friend’s car up the southbound on-ramp at Exit 7 on Interstate 95 when he collided into a stalled vehicle that was involved in an earlier crash.

The impact of the collision sent Derian Garaicoa-Ortega, who was helping the driver of the stopped car, flying 48 feet. The Long Island, New York, man died of blunt force trauma.

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