Attorney responds after Commonwealth decides against charges in daycare van crash
The crash killed one and sent several children to the hospital.
Attorney Benjamin Brock Taylor
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An attorney said he is disappointed, but understands there is a higher standard to proceed criminally than in a civil case against a daycare.
Monday, the Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office said it will not file charges in the case of a daycare van crash.
On June 12, 2012, a Heavenly Angels daycare van crashed on Algonquin Parkway, killing adult monitor Tiffany Belk on board and injuring at least a dozen children. The police investigation found 16 people were on board and the van was authorized for a maximum of 15.
Attorney Benjamin Brock Taylor and his partner represent one mother and five children, who were injured during the crash, in their civil case against former Heavenly Angels Daycare Owner Lavonia Lewars.
Brock Taylor said of the decision, "This daycare that my client entrusted their children to, their very lives and safety, may have been putting profits ahead of the safety of the children."
Brock Taylor said he wants to know the condition of the vans tires and how the children were secured in the van.
Heavenly Angels daycare was shut down following the crash.
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