Trucker Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter, Victim's Family Reacts


3-25-06 – The truck driver charged with manslaughter in the deaths of 10 people on a Grayson County highway pled guilty Friday after a change of venue request in court was denied.

Attorneys for Miroslaw Jozwiak argued he could not receive a fair trial in North Texas due to the media coverage of the accident on September 20, 2004.

Jozwiak was driving the semi truck that crossed the median of Highway 75 and slammed into two cars-- killing 10 people, including five men from Dallas and a McKinney family of five.

Mike Martin lost his wife, mother-in-law, and three children in the wreck. Martin said Saturday that he is glad his family will not have to face an extended trial. A jury will decide how much punishment Joswiak will receive.

Jury selection for the sentencing phase of the trial is set to begin Tuesday.

A sentence of two to twenty years in prison is possible for each victim, but according to an agreement reached by defense and prosecutors, Jozwiak will serve his sentences concurrently for a maximum of twenty years.


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