Driver in fatal Indiana bus crash charged with using cocaine

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GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Prosecutors say blood tests found signs of cocaine use by the driver of a church bus that overturned near Indianapolis in July, killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring 11 other people.

Hancock County prosecutors this week filed a felony charge of causing death when driving while intoxicated by a controlled substance against 53-year-old Charles Goodman.

Authorities say Goodman was driving a group from Gary’s St. Jude Family Worship Center to a religious convention in Ohio when the crash happened July 28 on Interstate 70.

Prosecutor Brent Eaton tells the Daily Reporter that investigators suspected Goodman was intoxicated because a passenger said he seemed unfocused while driving.

Goodman has blamed the crash on mechanical problems. He also faces charges of reckless homicide and driving with a suspended license.

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