Driver of church bus that crashed faces homicide charge

SHARE Driver of church bus that crashed faces homicide charge

GREENFIELD, Ind. — The driver of a church bus that overturned near Indianapolis has been charged with felony reckless homicide and driving with a suspended license.

The charges were filed against 53-year-old Charles Goodman on Thursday in Hancock County and a warrant issued for his arrest. He remained hospitalized Thursday in good condition.

The bus from St. Jude Family Worship Center in Gary overturned Tuesday along Interstate 70 about 20 miles east of Indianapolis. The crash killed 6-year-old Jacob Williams of Gary and sent 11 other people to hospitals.

Indiana State Police have said there was no evidence of mechanical failure with the 15-passenger bus and it appeared that driver error caused the crash. They say Goodman was wanted on an arrest warrant for not appearing in court for a traffic offense.

Keisha Hopkins walks away from the scene of deadly church bus crash along Interstate 70 in Greenfield, Ind., Tuesday, July 28, 2015. | AP

Keisha Hopkins walks away from the scene of deadly church bus crash along Interstate 70 in Greenfield, Ind., Tuesday, July 28, 2015. | AP

Members of St. Jude Family Worship Center gather off the side of the road after their church bus crashed on Interstate 70 in Greenfield, Ind., Tuesday, July 28, 2015.  | AP

Members of St. Jude Family Worship Center gather off the side of the road after their church bus crashed on Interstate 70 in Greenfield, Ind., Tuesday, July 28, 2015. | AP

The Latest
Mervis entered Saturday with 35 home runs this season, tied with teammate Alexander Canario for third-most in the minors this season.
Pyne threw three touchdown passes and Notre Dame finally clicked on offense in a 45-32 victory over North Carolina on Saturday.
John Park, 18, was shot in the chest Saturday in the 5600 block of North St. Louis Avenue, police and the medical examiner’s office said.
A Guardians edge that has been unmistakable throughout the season is how hard they play for their manager.
The 26-year-old was stabbed in the abdomen and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died, police said.