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ODESSA, Texas — The driver of an 18-wheeler who allegedly caused a fatal crash last month has been arrested and charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to police.

Police say the man, identified as 42-year-old Ranjit Singh, had driven for over 16 hours without proper rest — a violation of the Federal Hours of Service Regulation.

Based on this and other facts of the investigation, police obtained warrants for Singh's arrest. He was arrested in California by the United States Marshals Service.

The fatal crash occurred on March 19, 2020, at approximately 4:08 p.m. in the 1200 block of East Interstate Highway 20 in Odessa, Texas.

Police say Singh was driving an 18-wheeler westbound on Interstate Highway 20 when he failed to control his speed and struck the back of a white Jaguar which, in turn, struck the back of a Dodge pickup truck that was stopped for upcoming construction.

40-year-old Manuel Rodriguez of Decatur, Texas, identified as the driver of the Jaguar, was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. His passenger, 39-year-old Amber Sahagun, also of Decatur, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Dodge pickup truck, an Odessa man, was uninjured.

The manslaughter and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges are both second-degree felonies.

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