A Salt Lake man has pleaded no contest to charges that he hit and killed a man who was pushing a stalled car on the freeway.
Daniel Junco-Franco, 22, of 6777 S. Inglenook Drive, was helping push his roommate's stalled car in a northbound lane of I-15 near 3300 South about 1 a.m. on Nov. 15. A man driving a pickup truck stopped to help and pulled in front of the stalled car so the driver could attach a tow strap.John W. Medina, 22, was driving a third vehicle that collided with the stalled car, bounced off the guard rail and then hit the pickup truck, the Utah Highway Patrol reported. Junco-Franco was pinned between the two vehicles and was knocked 130 feet down the freeway. He died at LDS Hospital.
Medina pleaded no contest to vehicular homicide, a third-degree felony, earlier this week as part of a plea bargain. He is reported to have had a blood-alcohol content of .16 - twice the legal limit - when the accident occurred. Prosecutors have agreed to recommend jail time with probation instead of prison. He will be sentenced April 22.