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Police share heartbreaking handwritten note from truck driver in triple fatal crash


UPDATE 3:45 p.m. January 6—————————————–

Today, the police agency that charged a truck driver following a fatal multi-vehicle pileup shared a short handwritten note from him expressing his regret and “agony” over the crash.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office charged 34 year old Michigan-based truck driver Mathew Small with three counts of reckless homicide for his role a crash that killed three people on I-65 in Boone County, Indiana, on Sunday.

Small told police that he was setting a coffee mug down when he crashed into slowing traffic. Police say that his truck hit eight other vehicles.

On January 6, Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielson issued an additional statement on the crash. He said, “I have spoken to Mr. Small. He is very regretful and upset over what happened and wanted me to relay the information on this handwritten note.”

You can view Small’s note below.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office also said that the full investigation into the crash could take as many as six months.

ORIGINAL REPORT—————————————————-

A truck driver is facing multiple felony charges following a deadly pileup crash in Indiana on Sunday.

The crash was initially reported just after 11 a.m. on Sunday, January 5, in Boone County, Indiana.

When police responded, they found eight passenger vehicles and one semi truck had been involved in a pileup crash on northbound I-65 at mile marker 129 near the Zionsville/Whitestown exit. Some of the vehicles reportedly caught fire after the collision.

I-65 Boone County

Following the crash, 14 people were taken to the hospital for treatment of various injuries.

Three people — a 21 year old woman, a 19 year old woman and one infant — were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office said that distraction by the truck driver was a suspected factor in the crash. From a news release:

The driver of the semi, 34yo Mathew Lewis Small of Grandville, MI, stated he was northbound I-65 and looked down to set his coffee mug down, when he ran into slowing traffic. It appears Mr. Small collided with all 8 vehicles as he plowed through the back-up.

Police said that following an investigation, Small was charged with three felony counts of reckless homicide and booked into the Boone County Jail.

Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen commented: “A sad day for two Boone County families. The loss of two young women and a one-year old child. Distracted driving or driver inattention is a major cause of many accidents on our public roadways. In this case we believe it was a contributing factor in this fatal crash. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office feels strongly that those that cause death on our public roadways, because of driver inattention, should be held accountable. Mr. Mathew Small was charged with 3 counts of Reckless Homicide by the BCSO Criminal Investigations Division and the Boone County Prosecutors Office. Please pay attention to your driving when operating a motor vehicle. Give yourself plenty of room to have a way out, put down your phone or other objects, DO NOT drive distracted or impaired! Keep these families in your thoughts and prayers.”


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