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Records show Heavenly Angels had past safety problems

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The deadly accident scene from Air 3. The deadly accident scene from Air 3.
One of the Heavenly Angels locations. One of the Heavenly Angels locations.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The daycare, whose van was involved in a deadly accident, has run into driving problems in the past according to reports.

Heavenly Angels had its transportation license revoked by the state in August 2010 for various infractions including leaving a child sleeping in a hot van for almost an hour.

That revocation only applied to its west end childcare center. Owner Lavonia Lewars asked for and received licenses for two other locations and within months, Heavenly Angels vans were back on the road and at least one of them, back in trouble with the law.

In May 2011, a Heavenly Angels driver was pulled over for speeding. The report said the driver was going 19 miles over the limit, had no insurance and license and no children on board.
That driver was arrested on unrelated charges.

Investigators have not decided if the driver of van that crashed into the tree will be charged but speed is one of the things they're looking at.

Records show the state cited Heavenly Angels for driving over capacity daycare vans on six occasions in 2010 and 2011. The incident report said Heavenly Angels vans hold cannot hold any more than 13 children. There were 14 kids in the van when it crashed last week.

Records also show Heavenly Angels got more than $1.3 million in taxpayer funding though daycare reimbursements for low income families. It will not be getting any more money. Heavenly Angels shut down last week in the wake of the accident.

[Related story: Daycare closed after deadly accident]

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