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Prosecutors pile on seven new charges for truck driver in triple fatal pileup


A truck driver already facing multiple homicide charges is now facing a whole new slew of charges related to a July crash that claimed the lives of a mother and her young twins.

Prosecutors in Marion County have filed seven new misdemeanor charges of reckless driving against 57 year old Missouri-based semi truck driver Bruce Pollard, according to the Indy Channel. The new charges were added for the seven people who were injured in the pileup Pollard reportedly caused.

These new charges are in addition to 3 charges of reckless homicide and reckless operation of a vehicle in a highway work zone that were filed in July.

The charges stem from a July 14 multi-vehicle crash that happened on I-465 near Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana. Police say that Pollard was traveling faster than the posted speed limit in an active construction area in the eastbound lanes of the interstate when he failed to slow for traffic and crashed into the rear of a line of vehicles. Eight vehicles were ultimately involved in the pileup.

An Indianapolis woman and her 18 month old twin daughters died in the crash.

Prosecutors say that other crash victims suffered serious injuries including spinal fractures, rib fractures, and lung contusions.

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In addition to the charges, Pollard was also issued an out of service order from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on August 2 after investigators say that they discovered that he lied to his employer about his unsafe driving history. Pollard reportedly caused a rear end crash in Missouri in January 2019, then nearly caused another crash in April 2019, also in Missouri, when he reportedly ignored merge signs. He was terminated after the April incident. Pollard allegedly failed to tell his new employer that he was terminated for unsafe driving.

Pollard is due to appear in court for a pretrial conference on September 26.


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