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Trucker guilty of killing 3 children

August 23, 2008|Christine Hanley

A big-rig truck driver was convicted Friday of vehicular manslaughter for slamming into the back of a minivan last year on Interstate 5, killing three young siblings.

Jorge Miguel Romero, 38, of Apple Valley pleaded no contest to three misdemeanor counts of vehicular manslaughter involving criminal negligence. He could face up to three years in jail, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 14.

Romero was accused of driving at an unsafe speed when his tractor-trailer slammed into the minivan, killing Ladera Ranch siblings Kyle Coble, 5, and his sisters, Emma, 4, and Katie, 2.

He also was accused of being inattentive, not keeping enough distance between his truck and stopped traffic, and hitting the brakes too late to stop.

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