Bus driver who killed three in I-10 crash convicted

January 11, 2018 - 8:01 pm

(WWL.com) - A bus driver was found guilty Thursday evening on three charges of negligent homicide in a fatal crash on Interstate 10 in LaPlace in August 2016.

Honduran national Denis Amaya Rodriguez will be sentenced April 9.

He was driving a party bus to Baton Rouge when the bus crashed killing three people and injuring dozens others. Among those killed were St. John District Fire Chief Spencer Chauvin, Jermaine Starr and Vontarous Kelly.

Louisiana State Police say authorities were responding to an early morning crash on I-10 in Laplace.

St. John firefighters parked a firetruck on an angle at the scene to protect first responders and let drivers know they need to switch lanes. Flares were also put out.

The party bus driven by Amaya hit the fire truck, rear ended a car and killed two people inside before crashing into the firemen.

State troopers said Amaya’s drug test was clean and he was not on a cell phone at the time of the crash.

His attorney hinted that the brakes didn't work, but a trooper who specializes in reconstructing crash scenes says based on tire marks left on the roadway the brakes were locked up but still should've worked.


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