FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- A dozen criminal charges were filed Wednesday in Allen County against an Ohio truck driver who prosecutors say plowed into four vehicles, killing a little girl.
Gary Golay, 55, of West Mansfield, Ohio, now faces charges of reckless homicide, involuntary manslaughter and at least ten other counts from a crash on US 30 and Kroemer Road back in July of 2012.
Police say four vehicles were stopped at a traffic light and Golay failed to stop, slamming his semi into the back of the vehicles and killing Abigail Little of Albion. Little was returning home from a visit to the zoo where she was celebrating her upcoming fifth birthday.
Five other people were taken to the hospital.
Golay told an ISP trooper at the time that he had looked out of the driver's side window for a short period and by the time he looked back, traffic was stopped and he was unable to stop before hitting the other vehicles. The trooper stated in a report that the speed Golay said he was driving was higher than the posted speed limit and that speed could have been a contributing factor in the crash.
Investigation into the Engine Control Module (ECM) showed that one second prior to impact the semi was traveling at 59 mph and at 100% throttle with zero braking, according to court documents. Court documents also state that officers at the scene saw no indication of braking from Golay.
The court documents allege that Golay provided logbooks to ISP that contained false entries and that had the entries been correct, a motor carrier reviewing the logbooks wouldn't have allowed him to continue to operate.
Court documents say that after investigation into these logbooks and references to maps, it became apparent that Golay had "significant irregularities" when it came to the recorded time and what was actually possible. The documents state that Golay falsified information for every day during an eight day period, except one and that he was operating outside the legal parameters set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
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