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Jury: Hiawatha man guilty of vehicular homicide

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - A jury convicted a 36-year-old Hiawatha man of vehicular homicide in a case where the paralyzed crash victim had chosen to stop life support before his death.

The jury took about five hours to find Troy Fox guilty in the death of 32-year-old Ruben Mayo of Hiawatha.

Mayo suffered a spinal cord injury in a crash Oct. 5, 2009. He was a passenger in a car driven by Fox, who was intoxicated and lost control of the vehicle and hit a light pole.

Mayo chose to withdraw life support after learning he was paralyzed from the mid-neck down and couldn't breathe without a ventilator.

Attorneys for Fox argued he wasn't guilty of vehicular homicide because Mayo chose to end his life.

Sentencing is set Dec. 17 in Linn County District Court in Cedar Rapids.

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