Trucker Who Was DUI With Expired Mexican CDL Pleads Guilty in Deadly Crash
Eagle, ID — A trucker from Mexico has pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter following a deadly crash earlier this year.
Cecilio Eliut Camacho-Montoya, 32, resident of Arizona, entered the plea last week after being charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and felony excessive DUI in connection to a fatal crash on May 19, 2021.
According to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Camacho-Montoya was operating a semi-truck southbound on Highway 55 when he ran a red light at a high rate of speed, smashing into a pickup truck driving on State Street.
The driver of the pickup, 22-year-old Connor Dale Holcomb, was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died.
An investigation at the scene determined Camacho-Montoya was operating while having blood alcohol content (BAC) of .22 which is egregiously over the legal limit of .04 for commercial drivers.
However, that’s not all.
Camacho-Montoya was also found in possession of an expired Mexican commercial driver’s license (CDL).
A subsequent investigation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also made disturbing findings.
In June, the FMCSA said in the days leading up to the crash, on multiple occasions, Camacho-Montoya had falsified his records-of-duty-status (RODS) and had exceeded the allowable on-duty driving hours permitted by federal regulations.
The Agency deemed Camacho-Montoya to be an “imminent hazard to public safety” and prohibited him from operating any commercial motor vehicle in the United States.
Camacho-Montoya has been held in Ada County Jail since his arrest and is facing up to ten years in prison.
His sentencing is scheduled for February 1, 2022.