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Trial for driver in deadly bus crash begins Monday

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The trial for a church bus driver charged in a deadly crash last summer is scheduled to start Monday.

Charles Goodman has been charged with reckless homicide, driving while suspended and causing death while intoxicated.

Goodman was driving members from a church in Gary to a conference in Ohio last July when police say he drove off I-70 in Greenfield and hit two trees. The bus flipped and started on fire.

Six-year-old Jacob Williams was killed. Ten people, including Goodman, were hurt. According to court documents, Goodman was charged with causing death when operating while intoxicated after a toxicology report showed he had traces of cocaine in his system at the time of the crash.

Goodman told 24-Hour News 8 that the bus has suspension and power steering problems and was overheating.

According to 24-Hour News 8’s partner, The Daily Reporter, Goodman has been charged three times for destroying county property inside the jail including a TV.

The newspaper reports that the jail filed a formal request to have him transferred to state prison because of his unruly behavior.

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