Truck Driver Pleads Guilty
Updated: Friday, March 8 2013, 09:37 PM EST
Family members speak out in court about the devastation they’ve suffered after five people were killed in a Henderson County truck wreck. Roumen Velkov pled guilty to five counts of involuntary manslaughter for the October 2010 wreck on I-26 near the Fletcher exit. In a plea bargain, he was convicted of three counts and sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison.
Family members told the court that was a slap on the wrist. However, they had a chance to speak directly to Velkov and tell them what he had done to the survivor's lives. One victim's mother told Velkov and the court that killing five people is more than involuntary manslaughter, and that he deserved a more severe sentence.
Family members have formed a small group that plans to go to Washington in May to make their case for stronger regulations for truckers.
Velkov has been jailed since the accident and will get credit for spending about half of his maximum five year sentence behind bars.
By Sherrill Barber
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