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Licensed Car Mechanic Charged with Manslaughter in Customer’s Death

Investigators said the vehicle’s brake lines and rocker panels were rusted, corroded and in a visibly unsafe condition when the mechanic passed the car.

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WPTZ News Channel 5 out of Vermont has reported that a Barre, Vt., man was recently arrested for not thoroughly inspecting a vehicle involved in a fatal crash.

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Steven Jalbert was arrested on charges of manslaughter and reckless endangerment.

WPTZ reported that, in May 2014, Jalbert did not do a thorough inspection of a ’92 Chevrolet Corsica before passing it. The owner of the car died in a crash two months later, and her death, investigators said, could have been prevented.

Investigators said the vehicle’s brake lines and rocker panels were rusted, corroded and in a visibly unsafe condition when Jalbert passed the car.

According to WPTZ, Jalbert didn’t test the brakes, remove a wheel, put the vehicle on a lift or test it on the road.

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