Conviction of trucker sets legal precedent on drowsy driving

Copyright © 2013 landlinemag.com. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from landlinemag.com With his appeals exhausted, a New York trucker will do time after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter and vehicular homicide in a 2010 crash in Pennsylvania that killed another trucker. Richard Pedota, 50, of Woodside, N.Y., had attempted to get the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to intervene in his case. But the state’s highest court refused to hear the case, essentially affirming Pedota’s initial conviction. Pedota’s sentence is for two to four years. On Sept. 2, 2010, Pedota’s 18-wheeler drifted onto the shoulder of eastbound I-78 in Lower...

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