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Man sentenced to 8 years for DUII crash that killed construction worker in Salem

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Roberto Lopez-Dejesus in court Tuesday Roberto Lopez-Dejesus in court Tuesday
William Hatch III William Hatch III
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A man who pleaded guilty to charges including DUII and second-degree manslaughter for the death of a construction worker in Salem apologized to the victim's family and was then sentenced to eight years in prison.

Roberto Lopez-Dejesus was arrested last June after the early morning collision on Mission Street in Salem.

Investigators said Lopez-Dejesus was driving eastbound on Mission Street when he hit 55-year-old William Hatch III.

Hatch was working an overnight shift grinding asphalt for a private contractor. He died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision.

An emotional Lopez-Dejesus spoke in court Tuesday.  

"It just breaks my heart, knowing that I hurt a good family from my poor actions," he said.

Hatch's widow and other relatives addressed Hatch, telling him how his actions have changed their lives.

Hatch's wife said she misses her husband every day, but more than anything she wants people to slow down around road construction crews and be responsible behind the wheel.

"People are working out there to improve everybody else's lives and if you're drinking, don't drive, call a cab, and if you're under age, stop," she said.

As part of his sentencing, Lopez-Dejesus will get credit for time served. He also pleaded guilty to the charge of reckless endangering.

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