Driver charged for involvement in fatal I-70 crash

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)- On March 16th, traffic was slow on I-70 West in Terre Haute due to a semi-truck getting help from a wrecker service. During this time, police say another semi-truck driver failed to notice the upcoming traffic.

“That semi-truck trailer hit an SUV pulling an RV trailer then continued going west-bound, struck another passenger vehicle, and made that passenger vehicle go into the rear-end of a semi, and the semi continued going on and struck another vehicle,” said Sgt. Matt Ames, Indiana State Police.

Morgan Johnson of Reelsville, Indiana died in the crash. According to Vigo County prosecutor, Terry Modesitt, Indiana State Police investigated and the findings determined no criminal charges would be filed against the semi-truck driver Pierre Saint Jean of Quebec.

“Other than a ticket that was issued for driving too fast under the circumstances, there was nothing else that warranted a criminal charge being filed,” said Modesitt.

Modesitt says under Indiana code this crash is not considered reckless due to the evidence that was presented.

“It does not constitute recklessness unless they are going an extreme speed or they were texting at the time or doing something that is considered reckless under the law,” Modesitt said.

Modesitt says St. Jean was driving around 41 miles per hour at the time crash, which is under the speed limit, but a ticket was written because he felt that St. Jean should’ve slowed faster as he approached stopped traffic.

According to Indiana code, the ticket carries fines of up to 500 dollars but no jail time.

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