Driver That Killed Taylor University Students Sentenced to Prison

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Detroit-area truck driver will spend four years in prison for causing a crash that killed five people from Indiana's Taylor University.

An Indiana judge sentenced Robert Spencer to eight years total but suspended four of them, which would be served on probation. He could've faced up to 24 years in prison.

The judge also ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine and revoked his commercial driver's license.

Spencer was accused of falling asleep on Interstate 69 shortly before his tractor-trailer hit the university van in April 2006.

The case drew additional national attention after the county coroner misidentified one of the students killed in the crash. The identity mix-up wasn't discovered until five weeks later.


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