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October 2, 2012

Driver in vehicular homicide cases pleads not guilty

An Atlanta-area man who authorities said caused a wreck that killed two people riding with him on Interstate 75 in August pleaded not guilty to several charges on Monday in Superior Court in Whitfield County.

Alejandro Vega-Carmona, 26, of Acworth, pleaded not guilty before Judge Jack Partain to two misdemeanor counts of second degree vehicular homicide, weaving over the roadway and driving without a license, Assistant District Attorney Mark Higgins said.

Georgia State Patrol officials said Vega-Carmona was driving himself, 19-year-old Victor Osbaldo Benitez of Woodstock and 24-year-old Samuel Gonzalez-Martinez of Acworth back from a job site in Missouri when the wreck occurred on Aug. 4 at about 9:30 a.m. a mile south of the Walnut Avenue exit.

The trooper said Vega-Carmona fell asleep at the wheel. The F-150 hit a guard rail, overturned and ejected Benitez and Gonzalez-Martinez, who were lying in the bed of the truck, according to the trooper.

Vega-Carmona was placed on hold by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Whitfield County jail. A jail officer said Vega-Carmona is from Mexico and is not a legal resident of the United States.

Vega-Carmona’s attorney didn’t immediately return a phone call on Monday.

Higgins said Vega-Carmona is scheduled for trial Nov. 12.

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