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Trucker arrested one year after running red light in fatal wreck

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A truck driver has been taken into custody for a wreck that killed two siblings in Pennsylvania last year. 

The accident happened on May 22nd, 2021 at around 9 p.m. in Lancaster County. 

According to WGAL 8, 38-year-old Cesar Torres was traveling through the intersection of Route 72 and Graystone Road in East Petersburg in a car hauler when he ran a red light. Torres then slammed into the side of a pickup, causing it to overturn and burst into flames. 

The two people in the pickup, 21-year-old Brandie Kasper and 18-year-old Leonard Kasper, died at the scene as a result of the crash. The semi truck also caught fire, but Torres was uninjured in the incident. 

Police investigation found no mechanical issues, and police report that Torres  “failed to stop for a clearly visible red traffic signal even though he had sufficient time and distance to see the light and come to a controlled stop prior to the intersection,” and was “the sole contributor to the cause of the collision,” reports The Daily Voice.

Torres has been charged with two counts each of homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, and a summary offense of failure to stop at a red signal and driving at a safe speed.

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