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Man pleads guilty in crash that killed 3 German bikers

CODY, Wyo. — A man who crashed his pickup into a group of German motorcyclists heading to Yellowstone National Park, killing three, has pleaded guilty to three misdemeanour counts of vehicular homicide.

The Cody Enterprise reports (https://goo.gl/iexhNh ) Manuel Defuentes, of Ontario, Oregon, entered his pleas Wednesday for the June 9 crash that killed 53-year-old Tino Cachey, 52-year-old Ute Cachey and 37-year-old Erik Brecht. Four other motorcyclists were injured.

The group was headed to Yellowstone from Cody when Defuentes' truck crossed the centre line at a curve.

Prosecutor Bryan Skoric says an investigation did not reveal any drug or alcohol use or mechanical issues with the truck, saying "there's no explanation whatsoever."

Defuentes apologized in court and said he thinks about the victims when he closes his eyes to sleep.

Prosecutors are calling for a year served consecutively for each count.

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Information from: The Cody Enterprise, http://www.codyenterprise.com