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Men Who Ran Onto Highway Charged With Manslaughter After Fatal Crash

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ Two Springfield men who ran onto a highway to retrieve couch cushions that fell from their pickup truck have been indicted on manslaughter charges for allegedly causing the death of a teenager who crashed after swerving to avoid them.

Authorities tell The Republican  that 32-year-old Jose Nieves Cruz and 43-year-old Rafael Perez Jr. are scheduled to be arraigned July 9.

Police say the men were moving a couch when the cushions fell off on Interstate 91 north in Longmeadow on Nov. 10.

A Jeep driven by 17-year-old Skyler Anderson-Coughlin of Springfield swerved to avoid the men and cushions, struck a tractor-trailer and burst into flames, killing the teen.

Anderson-Coughlin was a student at McDuffie School in Granby.
The manslaughter charge cites wanton and reckless conduct.
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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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