Driver sentenced in deadly bus crash case

In this photo provided by the Hancock County, Ind., Sheriff’s Department is Charles Goodman, 54. On Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, prosecutors charged Goodman with causing death when driving while intoxicated by a controlled substance after blood test results showed signs of cocaine use. Goodman was the driver of a church bus that crashed near Indianapolis in July killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring 11 other people. (Hancock County Sheriff Department via AP)

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — The man that was behind the wheel when a church bus crashed, killing a child, has been sentenced.

54-year-old Charles Goodman, of Chicago, received a six-year sentence in Hancock County on Wednesday. He will serve three years in the Department of Correction and three years will be suspended to probation.

Goodman had been accused of driving with cocaine in his system at the time of the crash, which killed six-year-old Jacob Williams and injured ten more people including Goodman. The bus crashed on I-70 in Hancock County.

Goodman was behind the wheel as the group from northwest Indiana was headed to a youth revival at the Greater Works Christian Center in Dayton, Ohio.

In an August 2015 interview, Goodman told 24-Hour News 8 that, “the tires on the driver’s side blew up and the truck went sideways. Then we went into the ravine and that’s what happened. I had no control over the bus.”

Goodman had been found guilty in June. He was also found not guilty of reckless homicide. Goodman also had a suspended license.

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