In connection with a June 1 crash at the Indiana Toll Road, where two people were killed and five more injured, a truck driver from New York is facing seven charges of causing serious injury or death while under the influence.
According to Indiana State Police, Chasen Thompson (27), was taken into custody for possessing marijuana following the crash. Police said that he failed to slow down after his semitrailer collided with five passenger cars, which had been slowing for crews on a bridge.
Eric Klein, 45, from Anna, Ohio was killed in the crash. Jacqueline Luczak (82), of Cicero was also killed. Jacqueline Luczak was a passenger in a car that was carrying three others who were among five people who sustained injuries but survived.
Thompson was taken into custody immediately following the accident, but was released after a July hearing. According to the South Bend Tribune, Thompson was later charged with seven counts of causing injury or deaths while operating a motor car with a controlled substance in September.
According to a spokesperson for the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, the delay in filing formal charges was because investigators waited for toxicology and other reports.
Thompson’s lawyer received a message requesting comment.