INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Prosecutors filed reckless homicide charges on Thursday against a Missouri
semi driver for a highway construction zone crash in Indianapolis that
killed a woman and her 18-month-old twin daughters.
Documents filed by
Marion County prosecutors say computer data from the truck driven by Bruce
Pollard, 57, of Sturgeon, Missouri, show it was going 65 mph and didn’t
start braking until it slammed into the first of several vehicles slowed for
the construction zone about noon Sunday.
Another driver told
investigators traffic on Interstate 465 on the city’s north side was going
about 30 mph when the crash happened, according to a police affidavit.
Police said numerous warning signs about the construction zone and its 45
mph speed limit were along the highway for nearly seven miles leading into
the crash site.
The crash killed
29-year-old Alanna Norman Koons of Indianapolis and her daughters, June and
Ruby Koons. They were trapped inside their burning car after it was hit by
the semi, which hit five other vehicles before coming to a stop, police
said. Seven people in those vehicles were taken to hospitals with injuries,
including a woman who suffered vertebra fractures.
A judge set a
$100,000 bond on Thursday for Pollard, who could face up to six years in
prison on each of the three felony reckless homicide counts filed against
Pollard told Marion
County Judge Barbara Crawford he wanted to go home, but she replied “That
won’t be happening today, sir.” He told the judge he would be hiring his own
Police said Pollard
told investigators at various times after Sunday’s crash that he was going
about 35 mph (56 kph) before it happened, was reaching for his iced tea and
that a car had cut him off. Investigators said Pollard asked several times
which hotel police would be dropping him off at and showed no emotion when
told about the deaths.
While being led
into court Thursday, Pollard answered “yes, sir” when asked by a reporter
whether he felt bad about the crash.
Pollard’s blood was
drawn at a hospital following the crash, but the results weren’t yet
available Thursday, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Pollard could face additional charges related to the other crash victims.