Manslaughter charges stand for Springfield man in interstate death of 17-year-old


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SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — A judge has refused to dismiss a manslaughter charge against a Springfield man who owned a truck that caused fatal crash that killed a teenager.

Rafael Perez Jr. of Springfield owned a truck from which sofa cushions and other furniture fell onto Interstate 91 in Longmeadow in July, which caused a chain reaction crash that resulted in the death of 17-year-old Skyler Anderson-Coughlin.

The Republican of Springfield ( ) reports that the defense's motion argued that Perez was not driving and evidence submitted to the grand jury was insufficient to establish probable cause.

The judge wrote in his decision that grand jurors, based upon the evidence presented to them, were within their duty and responsibility to conclude that if the truck's load had been properly secured, pieces of furniture would not have fallen.

Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican,

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