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Jury acquits Springfield man of manslaughter in highway crash that killed teen


SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — A jury has acquitted a Springfield man whose truck was involved in a fatal crash that killed a teenager.

Rafael Perez owned a truck from which sofa cushions and other furniture fell onto Interstate 91 in Longmeadow on Nov. 10, 2013.

Authorities said a Jeep driven by 17-year-old Skyler Anderson-Coughlin of Springfield was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, sent into the back of Perez's truck and burst into flames, killing the teen.

Prosecutors said the furniture caused a chain reaction crash that resulted in the teen's death.

The Republican reports (http://bit.ly/1SvNFwN ) a jury decided Friday to acquit 44-year-old Perez of involuntary manslaughter.

Perez's attorney said the crash was a tragedy but would have still happened if Perez was not there.

Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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