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Two Springfield Men Arraigned on Fatal Crash Involving Couch Cushions

COURT RAWSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Two men indicted in the death of a Springfield teenager who was killed while they were allegedly moving couch cushions off of I-91 in Longmeadow last November have pled not guilty.

32-year-old, Joel Nieves Cruz and 43-year-old, Rafael Perez Jr. were summonsed to appear in Hampden Superior Court in Springfield Wednesday morning for their arraignment.  They appeared and were released on personal recognizance by the Judge while they await their next court date.  Both men are city residents.

On November 10, 2013 at around 6:00 p.m. seventeen year old Skyler Anderson-Coughlin was traveling on 1-91 going North through Longmeadow when he had to swerve to avoid couch cushions that had fallen off another vehicle.  Coughlin’s Jeep ended up striking a tractor-trailer and burst into flames.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Following an investigation into the accident, police determined that Cruz and Perez Jr. were the ones who were in that vehicle that the cushions had come from.

Both men have been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Cruz, who was driving according to police, is also charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death.  Their next court date for a pre-trial hearing is scheduled for January 6, 2015.






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