Charge filed in I-70 trucker’s death
November 2, 2007
VAIL ” A 58-year-old man from Dunlap, Tenn., has been charged in the Oct. 18 death of a trucker who was killed on Interstate 70 while removing chains from his tractor-trailer.
Jerry Lee Dotson is charged with one count of careless driving causing death, a Class 1 traffic misdemeanor.
Investigators say Eduardo Gandarilla, 36, of Los Angeles had pulled his rig off the north shoulder of the westbound lanes of the interstate near mile marker 178 and was removing chains from his tires when he was struck by Dotson’s vehicle.
The highway was slushy at the time and it was snowing when the accident occurred.
The penalty for a Class 1 traffic misdemeanor is 10 days to one year in jail and/or a fine of $100 to $1,000.