Trucker Charged In Deadly I-465 Crash Says Brakes “Locked Up…Wants To Go Home”
Indianapolis, Indiana – The trucker involved in the recent deadly crash on I-465 in Indiana that took the lives a mother and her twin daughters was formally charged on Thursday.
Bruce Pollard, 57, of Sturgeon, Missouri appeared in front of a Marion County judge on July 18 following a deadly seven-vehicle chain reaction crash on I-465.
The accident happened in in the westbound lanes of I-465 near mile marker 33 shortly after noon on Sunday, July 14 when witnesses say a big rig drove into slowed traffic, causing a chain reaction crash.
Twenty-nine year old Alanna Koons and her 18-month-old twin daughters, June and Ruby, died at the scene.
On Thursday, prosecutors formally filed three counts of reckless homicide and one count of reckless operation of a vehicle in a work zone.
In the days following the crash, a slew of national and local media outlets published stories with headlines such as, “Court Records Show Semi Driver Responsible for Fatal Crash Showed No Remorse,” and “Semi Driver Showed No Remorse After Being Told Family Died in Crash.”
Those headlines were based on an affidavit by Trooper Joseph Malone of the Indiana State Police (ISP) that read in part:
Mr. Pollard was only concerned for his belongings, medicine and what hotel that we are dropping him at . . .
Lt. [Jeffrey] Hearon informed him again that he had just killed a family and seriously injured others in the crash and Mr. Pollard had no emotion.
The affidavit also stated Pollard told ISP he had “nothing to hide” when asked for consent to recover data from the electronic control unit of Pollard’s semi.
According to Pollard’s initial interview with ISP, a white vehicle (not involved in the collision) cut him off as he was reaching for his iced tea.
Pollard hit his brakes to avoid slamming into the white car, which “made his red semi pull to the right.”
According to the affidavit, Pollard claims his brakes “locked up on him,” and he did not mean to strike the other vehicles.
Pollard told ISP, while he didn’t look at his speedometer, he was “not going any faster than” 30-35 mph because he was in a construction zone.
Pollard also agreed to a consensual blood draw.
However, while Pollard told investigators he had never been arrested, Missouri records show he was arrested and placed on a two-year probation on June 5, 2017 for “making a false declaration regarding his medical examiners report, which is required for his CDL.”
Pollard later admitted to the arrest after being confronted with the evidence from ISP.
Transportation Nation Network is looking further into Pollard’s 2017 arrest.
Documents filed Thursday by Marion County prosecutors attest computer data from the truck show it was going 65 mph and didn’t start braking until it hit the first vehicle in Sunday’s crash.
Fox59 reporter Jesse Wells spoke with Pollard briefly as he was being led into court on Thursday, where he asked Pollard, “Do you feel bad about what happened?”
Solemnly, Pollard replied, “Yes sir.”
Pollard stopped walking after responding to Wells, but was prompted by a prison guard to keep moving.
#UPDATE: Bruce Pollard says he’s sorry for fatal crash that killed a mother and two kids.
Pollard is due in court today for the first time.
Court records show Pollard showed no remorse after being arrested by ISP following the deadly wreck on 465.
Formal charges expected today. pic.twitter.com/V4tHRUMli6
— Jesse Wells (@JesseWellsNews) July 18, 2019
Fox59 reported Pollard told a Marion County judge he wanted to go home, to which the judge responded, “That won’t be happening today, sir.”
Though still in custody, Pollard stated he intends to post the required amount to be released on bond.
If released, he will be required to wear a GPS ankle monitor until his trial set for October.
(Images courtesy of Fox 59 and Indianapolis Fire Dept.)
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