Trucker Charged With Nine Felonies in Crash Killing Four Children Released From Jail

Richmond, IN – An Ohio trucker charged with multiple counts, including operating while intoxicated causing death, has been released from jail on a $35,000 surety bond.

Records from the Wayne County Jail reveal Corey R. Withrow, 31, of Camden, OH, was released on Friday, July 10, approximately 22 hours after he was arrested following the July 9 crash that left four children dead.




 

Withrow has been formally charged with 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 by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

The charges stem from a fatal accident that occurred on July 9 at approximately 5:07 p.m. along eastbound Interstate 70 just west of a construction zone in Wayne County.

According to the Indiana State Police (ISP), Withrow was driving a 2004 Kenworth pulling a loaded trailer for Camden, OH-based Barnets, Inc. in the right lane when the semi came upon traffic that was slowed to merge left into the left passing lane.




 

Investigators say Withrow was traveling 77 miles per hour in the 55 mph construction zone and failed to slow down before striking a rented 2020 Chevrolet Impala that was slowed in the right lane.

The Kenworth pushed the Impala forward into the left rear corner of an ABF semi pulling tandems, which was also in the right lane directly in front of the passenger car.

The impact knocked the ABF rear trailer off its front axle as the Impala and Kenworth moved across the left lane, into the median and erupted into flames.

The driver of the Impala, 34-year old Aaron Bruce of Kansas City, MO, was pulled from the burning car by witnesses.




 

He was airlifted to a local hospital and placed in a medically induced coma in the burn unit, according to court records.

Bruce remains in critical condition with third-degree burns to over half his body and severe internal injuries.

Bruce’s four children, all passengers in the Impala, perished in the accident.

They ranged in ages from 6 to 15.

Court records reveal officers reported Withrow was “unsteady on his feet, was speaking slowly and was slurring his speech” following the crash.




 

Further, authorities say he “struggled to return his driver’s license to his wallet when it was returned to him by law enforcement.”

A urine test taken approximately three hours following the incident tested positive for the presence of cannabis, amphetamines and MDMA (ecstasy).


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ISP officials took note of injection marks with bruising that indicated multiple recent injections in the elbow crease of Withrow’s left arm following the incident, court records state.

Blood work is pending results by ISP’s laboratory for toxicology testing.

 

Withrow’s history of drug use has also been widely reported by media outlets in both Indiana and his home state of Ohio.

Ohio records reveal Withrow was arrested in 2013 and again in 2016 for possession of heroin.

He is currently on probation following those charges.

A representative of Barnets, Inc. told Ohio outlet WHIO they were “sorry” about the incident and declined further comment.

“Because of the investigation I can’t really say anything. And we’re just sorry about what happened and I just don’t have a comment right now … and condolences to the family,” a female representative said to WHIO on Monday.




 

According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Barnets employs 39 drivers and owns 39 power units.

This was the company’s first reported fatality in the past two years, though three accidents with injury have been reported in the prior 24 months.

Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow the story.

 


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