Trucker sentenced in deaths of 8

April 3, 2008 3:51:50 PM PDT
A Chicago truck driver convicted in November of reckless homicide in an accident that killed eight women learned his sentence Thursday afternoon in McHenry County Circuit Court.Vincente Zepeda was ordered to spend four years in prison.

Prosecutors say in October of 2003, he was speeding in his truck when it crashed into a small coach bus from behind on I-90 near Marengo.

Twenty-two women from the International Women's Institute were on board returning from Rockford. Eight of them died.

Zepeda told the judge before sentencing that he's not the same person since the crash and he knows the women's families are suffering. He says it was an accident and he is very sorry.

Zepeda had continued driving trucks after the incident. Now his defense attorney says Zepeda's commercial driver's license will be revoked.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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