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Homedale man sentenced for 2016 vehicular manslaughter

February 13, 2018 GMT

CALDWELL — A Homedale man was sentenced to jail for his role in a crash that killed a Caldwell tractor driver in 2016.

Edgar Alaniz pleaded guilty Jan. 4 to vehicular manslaughter. On Feb. 5 in 3rd District Court, Judge Jayme Sullivan sentenced Alaniz to 360 days in the Canyon County jail with 300 days suspended, according to the Idaho courts repository. Alaniz was also ordered to serve two years of unsupervised probation. His license is suspended for one year, and he owes court fines of $1,000.

Alaniz was involved in a crash that killed Agustin Rangel, 55, of Caldwell on Sept. 25, 2016. Alaniz caused the crash while trying to pass two tractors on Homedale Road.

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According to a 2016 press release from the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, Alaniz’ van tried to pass one tractor and then Rangel’s tractor. Alaniz struck the first tractor and then drove into the back of Rangel’s tractor, which overturned, ejecting Rangel in the collision.

Alaniz and the first tractor driver, Samuel Palacio, of Caldwell, were also ejected in the crash. Alaniz’s wife was transported to a local hospital for evaluation following the crash. Alaniz and two children who were also in the van were uninjured, according to the release.