Bruce Pollard, the truck driver who previously plead guilty, but mentally ill, of killing a mother and her twin daughters in a crash exactly a year ago this week, has been sentenced to 9 years in prison in an Indianapolis court house today.
Pollard, 57, was driving on I-465 when Indiana State Police say his semi ran into stopped traffic in the construction zone near Keystone Avenue killing Alanna Norman Koons, 29, and her twin 18-month-old daughters in the crash. Seven other people were transported to the hospital with various injuries, some serious.
Pollard was charged with three counts of reckless homicide, reckless operation of a vehicle in a highway work zone and seven counts of reckless driving after he caused the multi-car crash in July 2019.
According court documents, during his initial interview with investigators Pollard said that a driver had cut him off and he had to slam on his breaks. He also said he was only going 30-35 miles per hour, although he admitted that he had not looked at his speedometers. At one point in the investigation he told detectives he had reached for an iced tea and took his eyes off the road for a moment before realizing traffic was stopped in front of him.
According to the plea deal, the judge could have imposed a sentence of between 3 and 9 years. The judge sentenced Pollard to the maximum sentence saying the deaths were preventable if Pollard had just driven safely.
Pollard’s attorney, Jack Crawford told Fox59 the trucking company that hired him just one month before the accident bears some responsibility.
“I think the trucking company that hired him in June without checking his background and the Missouri Department of Transportation bear some responsibility,” Crawford told the news station. The news station reported that pollard was fired from another trucking company just months before the deadly accident after receiving a complaint and crash.
“Our highways are crowded with trucks and we have too few good truck drivers. They have to be screened more carefully to prevent this very type of thing,” said Crawford.