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Dump truck driver in deadly Avon crash admitted to snorting heroin earlier that day, court docs say

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 16:21:35-04

AVON — The dump truck driver accused of causing a deadly chain-reaction crash in Avon on Tuesday admitted to using heroin earlier that day.

A probable cause filed against Danny Williams, 63, on Wednesday, September 4, reveals details about the investigation immediately following the crash on US Hwy 36 at County Road 625 East.

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Williams is facing multiple charges including causing death while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless homicide.

Gerald Legan, 80, and his wife, Rhonda, were both killed in the crash. Another woman was transported to Indianapolis in serious condition and two others suffered minor injuries in the crash.

According to his probable cause, Williams is also the suspect in a hit-and-run crash where a dump truck rear-ended another vehicle and then drove away three hours prior to the deadly crash. The driver in the second vehicle was not injured, but police say Williams' truck matches the description and model of the one involved in that crash.

Following the deadly crash, Avon Police Department officers say Williams failed field sobriety tests and was sent for a blood draw at a local hospital. In those court documents, officers say Williams admitted to "snorting heroin" earlier in then day during his examination. Officers also saw a "white powdery substance" in Williams' nasal cavity and asked him to blow his nose for evidence.

During a search of the crash scene, a K-9 officer detected what was believed to be narcotics inside the dump truck, but it was not noted if officers found anything or if an actual search of the truck was performed.

Formal charges were filed against Williams on Wednesday. The incident remains under investigation.