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FMCSA bans Mexican truck driver from operating in the U.S. after fatal DUI crash


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared a Mexico-based truck driver an imminent hazard to public safety

On June 9, the FMCSA issued Cecilio Eliut Camacho-Montoya a federal order prohibiting him from operating a commercial vehicle in the Unites States.

The order was issued following an investigation into a crash that occurred on May 19, 2021, in Eagle, Idaho.

According to the FMCSA, Camacho-Montoya was operating a truck with an expired Mexican-issued CDL when he reportedly failed to stop for a traffic light at the intersection Highways 55 and 44.

Camacho-Montoya’s truck struck another vehicle, causing the driver fatal injuries.

From the FMCSA:

Following the crash, Camacho-Montoya agreed to submit to three Standardized Field Sobriety Tests administered at the scene by the Idaho State Police; Camacho-Montoya failed all three tests.  He subsequently agreed at the crash scene to two breathalyzer tests.  The first test sample showed a breath alcohol content (BrAC) of 0.222; the second, 0.214.  Approximately four hours after the crash, at the Ada County Jail, Camacho-Montoya tested at 0.080, with a fourth showing at 0.078.  

Camacho-Montoya is facing charges of Felony Aggravated Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Felony Vehicle Manslaughter in Idaho.

FMCSA investigators also discovered that Camacho-Montoya had falsified his records-of-duty-status (RODS) and had exceeded the allowable on-duty driving hours permitted by federal regulations on multiple occasions leading up to the fatal crash.

Camacho-Montoya must complete the statutorily required return-to-duty process overseen by a Substance Abuse Professional before he is allowed to return to operating commercial vehicles in the U.S.


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