Driver gets 3 years in prison for Indiana church bus crash

In this photo provided by the Hancock County, Ind., Sheriff’s Department is Charles Goodman, 54. On Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, prosecutors charged Goodman with causing death when driving while intoxicated by a controlled substance after blood test results showed signs of cocaine use. Goodman was the driver of a church bus that crashed near Indianapolis in July killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring 11 other people. (Hancock County Sheriff Department via AP)

GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A church bus driver who allegedly used cocaine before a crash near Indianapolis that killed a 6-year-old boy and injured 11 other people has been sentenced to three years in prison.

WISH-TV reports a judge also sentenced 54-year-old Charles Goodman of Chicago to three years on probation Wednesday following his convictions last month on charges of driving while intoxicated and with a suspended license. A jury acquitted him of reckless homicide.

Goodman was driving a group from Gary’s St. Jude Deliverance Center to a religious convention in Ohio in July 2015 when the 15-passenger bus went out of control, left Interstate 70, struck some trees and overturned. The crash killed Jacob Williams of Gary. Goodman broke his arm and jaw.


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