INDIANAPOLIS — The driver of a semi that slammed into stopped traffic on Sunday, killing a woman and her twin toddlers and injuring seven other people gave police several different stories about what happened in the moments before the crash, according to court documents
Bruce Pollard, 57, was driving on I-465 around noon when Indiana State Police say his semi ran into stopped traffic in the construction zone near Keystone Avenue. Alanna Norman Koons, 29, and her twin 18-month-old daughters, Ruby and June, died in the crash. Seven other people were transported to the hospital with various injuries, some serious.
According to those documents, during his initial interview with investigators Pollard said that a driver had cut him off and he had to slam on his breaks. He also said he was only going 30-35 miles per hour, although he admitted that he had not looked at his speedometers.
Pollard gave police other reasons for the crash as well. At one point he told detectives he had reached for an iced tea and took his eyes off the road for a moment before realizing traffic was stopped in front of him.
Preliminary information downloaded from Pollards semi showed he was going 65 miles per hour at the time of the crash in the 45 mile per hour construction zone and he did not hit his brakes until after he had already hit the vehicle in front of him. When confronted with that information, Pollard admitted that he "guesses" he was going too fast and he did not mean to strike the other vehicles, according to those court documents.
According to those same court documents, Pollard told police he was going "no faster than" 35 miles per hour.
Investigators said Pollard showed no remorse or emotion after being told that a family had died and several other people were seriously injured. "Mr. Pollard was only concerned for his belongings, medicine and what hotel that we were dropping him at," the documents state.
Pollard was arrested Sunday evening for reckless homicide and criminal recklessness.