Truck driver convicted

Friday, July 21, 2006

The truck driver involved in a Nov. 9, 2004, crash that killed a rural Clay County man was convicted of reckless operation of a semi-tractor trailer in Clay Superior Court on Tuesday.

According to police reports, Jaime Arambul, 47, El Monte, Calif., was backing up a semi-tractor trailer in the westbound lanes of U.S. 40. when Mark S. Tanner, 50, of rural Clay County, drove into the back of the truck. Tanner was killed instantly.

Judge Blaine Akers sentenced Arambul to 180 days in jail (with good time credit available if earned), a $170 fine and the option of a $7,000 cash bond if he wants to appeal the conviction.

Arambul surrendered himself to authorities at the Clay County Justice Center on Tuesday to serve his sentence. Jail personnel say Arambul's projected release date is Oct. 16.

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