A woman pled guilty to reckless driving in a multi-vehicle accident that killed three people on Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie, Virginia.
Louise M. Vanloan pleaded guilty to reckless driving in the Dinwiddie General District Court. Vanloan was fined $200 as a result. The Court also suspended her license to drive for six months.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Vanloan was driving a Coach America bus carrying 49 students from North Carolina A&T State University. The bus was heading northbound on I-85 when the accident occurred.
The bus crashed into the pickup truck from behind, sandwiching it between the two larger vehicles. Three passengers in the pickup truck died; a fourth passenger was taken to a local hospital and later released. Vanloan was treated for minor injuries.Virginia State Police say the accident occurred as traffic along the interstate was diverted to the left lane due to road repairs. A logging truck, the first of the three vehicles involved in the accident, was stopped on the highway due to traffic, followed by a pickup truck carrying four passengers, including the three victims.
The Dinwiddie Commonwealth’s Attorney reviewed the state police investigation of the crash and chose not to charge Vanloan with manslaughter, stating there was no indication of criminal wrongdoing. However, reckless driving is a misdemeanor in the Commonwealth of Virginia and carries the potential of hefty fines, jail time and driver’s license suspension (Dinwiddie reckless driving).
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