JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – The man charged with causing an accident that killed a 19-year-old woman in 2010 will not spend time behind bars.
Roger Crum was behind the wheel of a City of Jeffersonville garbage truck on May 6, 2010 when he came upon a line of traffic that was stopped for road construction on State Road 60 near Sellersburg.
Crum's truck struck the last vehicle in the line causing a chain reaction crash. Bethany Burrier of Borden was killed in the crash. At least three others were injured.
Crum was charged with reckless homicide and criminal recklessness and had been on house arrest. The charges could have landed in 27 years in prison.
At the time of the accident Crum told police he didn't see the construction signs or the flaggers. Later, Crum admitted that he had taken prescription drugs before his shift when caused him to become drowsy.
Crum's trial was scheduled to begin today, but late Monday the court appearance was changed from a trial to a plea hearing after an agreement was filed with the court.
During today's court appearance, Crum admitted that he was speeding and had taken a controlled substance. He also admitted that his actions caused the death of Burrier and the injuries to the other drivers.
Crum pled guilty to three counts of felony criminal recklessness and one count of misdemeanor criminal recklessness. He was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison, but the sentenced was suspended and Crum will serve that amount of time on probation instead.
Susie Burrier, Bethany's mother, said she was not happy with the probation but it was better than Crum walking free.
As part of the probation, Crum will not be able to hold a commercial drivers license.
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