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Fla. Trucker Sentenced In Md. Crash That Killed 2

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Florida trucker is starting a one-year jail sentence for killing two men when the tractor-trailer he was driving overturned atop a pickup truck in Frederick County.

A local newspaper reports that 35-year-old Watson Pierre of Sunrise, Fla., was sentenced Tuesday as part of a plea deal.

He was convicted of criminally negligent vehicular manslaughter in the November 2012 deaths of construction workers Hector Henriquez of Gaithersburg and Jose Diaz of Derwood.

Pierre pleaded not guilty but agreed with prosecutors’ assertions that he was driving too fast in a truck with faulty brakes that was not registered to operate commercially in Maryland.

The refrigerated truck was registered to Florida-based Noble Enterprise Transport. It was hauling oranges to a Costco warehouse near the crash scene on state Route 75.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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