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Tractor-trailer death ruled accident

January 18, 2001

Tractor-trailer death ruled accident



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


The case of the 25-year-old Baltimore woman who died last September outside a tractor-trailer driven by her husband has been ruled an accident.

Yesenia del Carmen Valencia was discovered lying along the right shoulder of Interstate 70 just east of the Sharpsburg Pike shortly after midnight on Sept. 28.

"It was a terrible tragedy but the investigation revealed she got out of the truck of her own free will," said Maryland State Police Cpl. Rob Maroney Wednesday morning.

At about the same time the woman was found, a tractor-trailer was seen stopped alongside the interstate about a mile east of the scene, according to Det. Sgt. D.R. Wehland of the Maryland State Police special investigations support unit from Pikesville, Md.

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When a trooper turned around to investigate, the rig had moved on, he said. The truck was stopped about three miles east of the site where the woman was found.

The driver, Angel Pacheco, 36, also of Baltimore and the husband of the victim, was taken into custody and returned to the Hagerstown barrack for questioning.

He was later released and was not charged in connection with the death of his wife.

The couple's two small children were asleep in the back of the truck and were also taken to the barrack.

Wehland said in September police believed the victim was "on or in" the truck and fell onto the shoulder. Police also believed the truck was moving slowly at the time.

"We believe she may have been attempting to get in or out of the vehicle," Wehland said then.

Police said from the outset that her injuries appeared to be consistent with a fall. No other trauma such as stab wounds or gunshot wounds were apparent, Wehland said.

Pacheco's white tractor-trailer was en route from Greencastle, Pa., to Baltimore, Wehland said.

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