- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Kentucky man has been acquitted of the most serious charge against him in an accident last fall that killed an elderly man.

Authorities said 23-year-old Eric Gonzalez-Huerta of Louisville, Kentucky was hauling construction debris to a landfill in November when a wheel from his utility trailer came off on Route 28 in Shaler.

The wheel bounced over the median and crashed through the windshield of a car, killing 75-year-old Robert Lofink.

An Allegheny County judge on Friday acquitted Gonzalez-Huerta of a felony charge of accident involving death or injury while not properly licensed. He was convicted of 22 summary traffic offenses and fined $1,800.

Speaking through an interpreter, Gonzalez-Huerta apologized to the victim’s family, saying “I feel horrible about what’s happened.”

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