Grand jury indicts trucker in fatal 2014 crash at Army base

By Land Line staff | 3/25/2016

An Arizona trucker is facing one count of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a 2014 crash at Fort Irwin Army Base near Barstow, Calif., that killed one person and injured seven passengers on a commuter bus.

The defendant, 49-year-old Steven Kilty, of Apache Junction, was indicted on Wednesday, March 23, by a grand jury in U.S. District Court of California, Central District, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The release states that Kilty arrived at the base on the night of June 2, 2014, before his scheduled delivery of equipment to the Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin. Investigators claim Kilty parked his tractor-trailer in the right travel lane of the road on base property, turned off his lights, and failed to place any warning devices or reflectors near his truck.

The attorney’s office states that at approximately 5 a.m. on June 3, a commuter bus bringing people to the base collided with the parked truck, killing one man and leaving seven others with major injuries.

The indictment alleges that Kilty was illegally blocking traffic on the roadway and that he failed to place any warning reflectors, both of which are violations of the California Vehicle Code.

The release notes that Kilty is expected to be summoned to U.S. District Court in Riverside for arraignment at a later date.

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