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Update: Truck driver involved in fatal accident that killed 4 juveniles had previous drug convictions


The truck driver who was arrested for a fatal accident that killed 2 children and 2 teens had a history of drug convictions.

According to WDTN News in Ohio, the driver, Cory Withrow, has two previous convictions. In 2016, Withrow was convicted of heroin possession and in 2015, he was convicted of reckless driving and drug paraphernalia.

The Indiana Truck Motor Association, said in a Facebook post, “Cory should have never been behind the wheel of a semi, but we was, and he made terrible and reckless decisions that will impact these families forever.”

Four young lives were taken because of Cory Withrow. Cory should have never been behind the wheel of a semi, but we…

Posted by Indiana Motor Truck Association on Friday, July 10, 2020

At the time of the crash, Withrow was allegedly driving for Barnets Inc., the news station reports. The company is based out of Camden, Ohio.

According to Safer, the company has 39 trucks.

CDLLife reached out to Barnets for comment. The company did confirm that Withrow was their driver.

Original Story:

Published at 8:29 am on July 10, 2020

A truck driver involved in an accident yesterday in Indiana that killed 2 children and 2 teens has been arrested.

The accident occurred on Interstate 70, just west of the Cambridge City exit. in Wayne County, Indiana at approximately 5:00 pm.

According to police, the truck, driven by 31-year-old Cory Withrow of Camden, Ohio, crashed into a Chevrolet car, driven by Aaron Bruce of Kansas City, Missouri.

“The Kenworth failed to slow down and hit a Chevrolet passenger car in the rear that was slowed in the right lane, pushing it forward into the left rear corner of  a semi trailer which was also in the right lane directly in front of the passenger car.  The first semi continued pushing the passenger car into the left lane and eventually off onto the berm of the left lane where the two vehicles burst into flames,” the Indiana State Police report states.

Passersby were able to pull Aaron Bruce out of the car. Sadly, four others in the car could not be saved. 15-year-old Anesa Noel Acosta, 13-year-old Quintin Michael McGowan, 8-year-old Brekkin Riley Bruce, 6-year-old Trentin Beau Bruce were killed in the crash.

Aaron Bruce was taken to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. He suffered severe injuries.

Witnesses say that prior to the accident, Withrow was driving erratically. Investigators said they suspect was driving under the influence of drugs. They said that preliminary toxicology tests showed multiple drugs in Withrow’s system at the time of the crash.

Posted by Indiana State Police – Public Information Office on Thursday, July 9, 2020

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