Driver sentenced to 10 years for crash that killed 5

Updated Feb 18, 2017
Francisco Espinal-Quiroz’s truck at the time of the crashFrancisco Espinal-Quiroz’s truck at the time of the crash

The Indiana truck driver involved in a 2014 crash that killed five people and injured four others near Chicago was sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Will County Circuit Judge David Carlson handed down the sentence Thursday, Feb. 16, according to the Chicago Trbune.

Francisco Espinal-Quiroz pleaded guilty in November to five counts reckless homicide and falsifying logbook entries.

Espinal-Quiroz, 53, was driving on I-55 near Channahon, Illinois on July 21, 2014 when his vehicle slammed into several vehicles stopped for a construction zone. The crash killed three people in one vehicle and two other people in other vehicles.
Killed were Kimberly K. Britton, 43, and Piper Britton, 11, both from Urbana, Illinois; Timothy Osburn, 64, of Channahon, Illinois; Vicky L. Palacios, 54, of Coal City, Illinois; and Ulrike P. Blopleh, 48, of Channahon, Illinois.
Here’s video from the time of the crash: