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Posted: Monday, March 29, 2010 12:00 am

EDINBURG — A teen who told police he struck and killed a motorcyclist while blacked out behind the wheel of an un-air-conditioned truck was sentenced to 10 years probation.

Rogelio Andres Diaz pleaded guilty to one count of criminally negligent homicide and one count of causing an accident involving injury or death March 22, as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

Investigators believe Diaz, 18, of Mission, crashed into 18-year-old Allan Tiscareño’s motorcycle July 7, 2009, near the intersection of Griffin Parkway and Gold Avenue in Mission.

The impact flipped Tiscareño into the truck bed and Diaz continued driving, striking two more vehicles before he was finally stopped.

At an arraignment hearing last year, Diaz maintained he did not intentionally drive away from his wreck with Tiscareño but had passed out because of the oppressive summer heat.

In addition to his probationary term, Diaz was also ordered to complete 160 hours of community service and pay $26,467 in restitution to Tiscareño’s family.

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