Prosecutors: Trucker In I 55 Crash Was Speeding, Falsified Driving Records

The driver of a semi-truck that hit three stopped vehicles on Interstate 55 Monday afternoon, killing four people and injuring four others, was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail Tuesday.

Francisco Espinal-Quiroz, of Leesburg, Ind., was charged with false recording of commercial driving records of duty status and failure to maintain a record of duty status. Both are class four felonies.

Additionally, he is charged with two traffic violations: Failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and falsifying his duty logbook.

Prosecutors allege that Espinal-Quiroz falsified his logbooks to make it appear that he had been driving for a shorter period of time than he had actually been on the road. Espinal-Quiroz told officers at the scene of the crash that he had falsely reported that he had started his shift at 6 a.m. when he had actually started at 2:30 a.m., prosecutors said.

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