Bond set at $100,000 for semi driver in deadly I-465 crash

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The truck driver charged in Sunday’s deadly crash on I-465 was to face a judge Thursday.

The crash killed Alanna Koons and her twin, 18-month-old daughters, June and Ruby. The crash also sent seven other people to the hospital with injuries.

Bruce Pollard, 57, made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon. A $100,000 bound was set by Magistrate Amy Barbar in Marion Criminal Court 1, and Pollard remains in the Marion County Jail. Pollard, who is from Missouri, has been in the jail since his arrest Sunday following the fatal crash.

Just after noon Thursday, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office announced that formal charges had been filed against Pollard. He has been charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one count of reckless operation of a vehicle in a highway work zone.

His next court date will be Aug. 8, and a jury trial was set for Oct. 28.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release, “According to the probable cause affidavit filed in this case, it is alleged that 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 travelling at a high rate when he changed lanes and failed to brake when he struck Koons’ stationary vehicle. Based on the investigation, Pollard’s semitrailer is believed to have been travelling at 65 mph at the time of the crash. The crash occurred within an active construction zone with a speed limit of 45 mph.”

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