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Pedro Alcazar faces life in prison for deadly 2010 Easter crash

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Updated: 1/14 4:52 pm
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. -- A jury convicted a man on six counts of vehicular homicide for an 2010 Easter weekend crash on U.S. 1 in Nassau County that killed six family members.

Pedro Alcazar represented himself and presumed his innocence in his closing argument to the jury, calling the charges against him, "bogus."

"No, sir, I have nothing," said Alcazar when asked if he had any other witnesses. "I have nothing but integrity and the truth."

Alcazar denied speeding and driving recklessly on April 2, 2010.

Prosecutors said Alcazar, while driving with a suspended license, lost control of his car, forcing a car carrying a family of six into the median.

A pickup truck hauling a trailer drove over the top of the family's car, killing Brenda Mitchell Edwards, her daughter and four grandchildren.

"From the moment that it happened, you wonder what happened," said former Jacksonville Jaguars and Florida State defensive tackle Larry Smith, who lost his mother in the crash.  "Going through this trial and hearing testimony of the witnesses brings closure, and getting a verdict that we got today brings a lot of closure to the situation.

Several witnesses testified they saw Alcazar driving recklessly before the crash. Mitchell's family was headed to Jacksonville from Georgia for Easter when they were killed in Nassau County along U.S. 1.

Alcazar expressed sadness at the deaths of the family, but repeatedly stated he was not responsible for the crash. His supporters in the courtroom reached out to the victims' families.

"We brought a baby into the world that same day they had to lose everybody," said Tammy Massey, a friend. "And it's been tough. They’ve been in our hearts since day one."

Alcazar was charged five other times for driving with a suspended license from 1991-2005.

Alcazar will face life in prison. He will be sentenced on Feb. 13. 

Watch CBS47 Action News beginning at 5 p.m. for reaction to the verdict.

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