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Criminal charges filed against trucker in I-465 crash that killed mother and her twins

Bruce Pollard faces 3 counts of Reckless Homicide
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Posted at 12:28 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 11:01:52-04

INDIANAPOLIS—The truck driver arrested following a weekend crash that left a mother and her twin daughters dead, will face three counts of Reckless Homicide. Bruce Pollard is also charged with Reckless Operation of a Vehicle in a Highway Work Zone, according to Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry.

The charges were announced in advance of a Thursday hearing for Pollard in Marion County Criminal Court. At that hearing, an October trial date was set, but the trial is likely to be delayed.

Alanna Koons and her 18-month-old twin daughters, June and Ruby, died in the accident on 465 near North Keystone Avenue. Pollard is accused of failing to slow his semi while approaching stopped traffic in a construction zone. He rear-ended the Koons' vehicle. In all, seven vehicles were involved in the fiery accident. Pollard was not seriously hurt.

The probable cause affidavit filed in the case says Pollard "failed to abide by multiple information and warning signs indicating an upcoming construction zone for several miles along the interstate prior to the crash. According to witnesses, he was traveling at a high rate when he changed lanes and failed to brake when he struck the Koons' stationary vehicle."

The investigation shows the truck was moving at 65 miles-per-hour at the time of the crash, in a construction zone where the speed limit is 45 mph. When interviewed by an Indiana State Police investigator, Pollard said he was going no faster than 35 mph.

The police report says Pollard expressed no remorse for an accident in which three people died, but did express concern about his belongings, medicine and which hotel police would be taking him to.