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Driver Faces Criminal Charges

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EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. - A Pasco man faces criminal charges for allowing debris from his truck to kill another driver. But had the accident occurred in June, the man would have only paid a small fine.

Many people may not know, if you're hauling something in the back of your truck, it falls out and hurts another driver, you could go to jail.

That's exactly what's happening to 53-year-old Wilfredo Dejesus. A strap winch fell out of his truck near East Wenatchee. The winch hit a car going the other way and killed the driver.

As of July 27th, in the State of Washington, if unsecured items from your vehicle hurt someone else, it's a considered a gross misdemeanor. You might have to pay $5,000 and spent up to a year in jail.

It doesn't matter how big or how small. 

Washington State Troopers warn unsecured items in your vehicle are dangerous.

"You wouldn't think that something heavy would fly out, but sometimes in the corners with the shifting of the cars and the weight shifting back and forth, it can cause items in the back of a pickup to move," Lt. Shawn Berry, Washington State Patrol.   

Although Douglas County Prosecutors have not yet filed charges, Dejesus is being held in Chelan County for failure to secure a load.

State Troopers said Dejesus is now the second driver to faces criminal charges since the state enacted the law last month.