Psychiatric exam requested for truck driver in deadly I-465 crash

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — A psychiatric exam has been requested by the attorney for the truck driver that hit a car killing a mother and her twin girls. Bruce Pollard is facing charges of reckless homicide and reckless operation of a vehicle in a work zone for the July crash. His attorney, Jack Crawford, tells Eyewitness News that from his interactions with Pollard, he believes there could be mental illness.

Crawford gave examples of Pollard wanting to know when his mom is coming to pick him up, and Pollard asking repeatedly about getting the death penalty when that isn’t a sentencing option in the case. Crawford wants to check Pollard’s competency to understand the court procedures and his ability to assist his attorney in his defense. Pollard was driving his truck into a work zone on Interstate 465 near north Keystone Avenue on July 14 when his truck, traveling faster the posted speed limit, struck a line of vehicles from behind.

Twenty-nine-year-old Alanna Koons and her 18-month-old twin daughters June and Ruby, died when their car burst into flames after being struck by the semi. Seven others were injured. Indiana State Police arrested Pollard, who was licensed in Missouri.

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Investigators found that Pollard had a history of careless driving and had been disciplined, then fired, in April 2019 for unsafe driving on several occasions.

Witnesses and other evidence in the July crash leads investigators to believe Pollard was traveling a lot faster than the special 45 mph speed limit and didn’t hit the brakes before crashing into the stopped traffic.

Court documents also show prescription drugs Pollard said he admitted to being on and even took special pills that belonged to his mother to help with his anxiety.

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