Charge filed in trucker death

More than a month after a Dodge Charger slammed into and killed an Amarillo truck driver standing by his rig on Lakeside Drive, deputies booked a 28-year-old man into the Potter County Detention Center on a state jail felony in the incident, records show.

Willie Edward Adams was arrested and booked into the facility Friday on a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the Sept. 13 death of Rudolfo Telles, 67, of Amarillo. Adams posted $5,000 bond the same day and was released.

Records indicating why officials charged Adams with criminally negligent homicide were unavailable Monday.

If convicted of the charge, Adams faces 180 days to two years in prison.

About 8:25 a.m. Sept. 13, Adams lost control of the Dodge Charger he was driving at 100 S. Lakeside Drive and struck Telles and Jimmy Soliz, 50, police said. Telles died at the scene.

Soliz was transported to a hospital with a leg injury after the incident. His condition is unavailable.

Telles, who had four daughters and was raising a grandson with his wife, and Soliz were standing outside Telles’ Mack truck, waiting to turn their rigs onto Southeast First Avenue and unload at Attebury Grain, family members said at the time. Adams’ Charger struck a left front tire on Telles’ Mack truck, then struck Telles, police said following the accident.

Telles had been working for Amarillo-based Soliz Trucking for about a year, said Jessie Soliz Jr., whose father owns the company.

Jessie Soliz Jr. said Soliz Trucking hauls grain to and from Amarillo and its surrounding cities and regularly uses Attebury’s elevator station on Lakeside.