FMCSA Bans Trucker Charged in Crash Killing Four Children From Operating a CMV
Eaton, OH – An Ohio trucker who is charged with nine felonies stemming from a deadly crash along Interstate 70 in Indiana earlier this month has been declared an imminent hazard to public safety by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
In an announcement on Thursday, the FMCSA said Corey R. Withrow, 31, of Camden has been ordered to no longer operate any commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce.
The Agency indicated Withrow was served the order on July 17, 2020 following a July 9 horrific fiery crash along I-70 that left four children dead and another severely injured and badly burned.
The deceased victims were all siblings and ranged in ages from 6 to 15.
Withrow allegedly admitted to Indiana State Police (ISP) investigators he was distracted by his mobile phone before the crash.
Additionally, investigators also said a urine test taken approximately three hours following the incident tested positive for the presence of cannabis, amphetamines and MDMA (ecstasy).
Withrow has a well-documented criminal drug possession history as well as reckless driving.
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Making matters more problematic is the fact the owner of the company Withrow was driving for, Barnets, Inc., reportedly was aware of Withrow’s criminal drug history, but hired him anyway.
Withrow is facing nine felonies, including four “Level 4” felony counts of operating while intoxicated causing death, four “Level 5” felony counts of reckless homicide, and one “Level 4” felony count of operating while intoxicated causing catastrophic injury.
FMCSA’s imminent hazard out-of-service order states that Withrow’s “blatant and egregious violations of the [federal safety regulations] and ongoing and repeated disregard for the safety of the motoring public … substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to you and motoring public.”
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow this case.