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Mar 9, 2011 11:48 AM by Bethany Tucker, KSBY News

Vehicular manslaughter charges filed against big rig driver accused of crashing into SB home and killing family

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office announces prosecutors have filed vehicular manslaughter charges against the driver of a big rig truck that crashed into a Santa Barbara home last year, killing a family of three.

That crash happened back in August of 2010. Officers say Joaquin Garcia Morales was driving a big rig truck on Highway 154, when it failed to stop at the intersection at State Street and crashed into a home. 22-year-old Leon Leonel, 26-year-old Lorena Tellez Pacheco and 8-year-old Jaciel Tellez died. After the crash, the California Highway Patrol said the brake's on Morales's truck failed when he approached that intersection. The CHP finished its report on the crash in January 2011, and that report was forwarded to the District Attorney's Office.

The District Attorney's Office Wednesday announced it has filed three felony vehicular manslaughter charges against Moralez. He's expected to be arraigned on those charges on Monday, March 14th.

Ventura County court records show Morales has been issued 22 citations since 1998. They range from allegations of speeding, to driving a commercial vehicle where it's not allowed.

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