Sunday, October 28, 2007

Almost 18 months later, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office

Elias C. Arnold
The Arizona Republic
Sept. 8, 2006 12:00 AM
Almost 18 months later, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office has not decided whether it will file charges against the owner and driver of a commercial truck after its trailer detached and slammed into another vehicle, killing an 8-year-old boy.

Henry Enrique Bega, died March 31, 2005, on Williams Field Road near South Parkcrest Street when a trailer carrying bags of drywall mix broke loose, swerved into oncoming traffic and hit the Pontiac Grand Prix his mother was driving.

The case against owner Gary L. Moore of Queen Creek and driver Omar Antelo Ochoa is being set for incident review by senior staff attorneys, though a date was not available, said Bill FitzGerald, a County Attorney's Office spokesman.

Investigators recommended charges against both Moore and Ochoa after they found the trailer had loose and worn parts, and the brakes were not set to engage if the trailer disconnected. The automatic system is required by state law.

Two weeks prior, Mesa police found problems with the trailer's brakes and ordered them repaired, according to Gilbert police.

After the accident, Gilbert, Queen Creek and Pinal County law enforcement officials stepped up commercial vehicle enforcement, certifying additional sheriff's deputies to inspect commercial vehicles and training officers to identify major violations so they could alert inspectors.

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