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EPD releases dash cam of deadly crash, driver makes court appearance

Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 5:21 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2020 at 5:23 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Evansville Police have released dash camera video of the deadly crash that killed a mother and two children.

It’s from a semi that was at the intersection of Highway 41 and Covert Ave. Monday when the crash happened.

14 News obtained the video Thursday, but due to the graphic nature, we are not releasing it in its entirety. Some of what we are sharing has been blurred, but may still be disturbing to some viewers.

Watch it here at your own discretion.

You can see the truck did not slow down as at crashed into the back of the van.

Police say witnesses told them 42-year-old Damon Busby, of Henderson, ran a red light at Highway 41 and Riverside and was traveling at a high rate of speed when he crashed into the van. Both vehicles burst into flames.

Crystal Lawrence, age 36 of Evansville, along with her children Abigail Lawrence, age 16, and Chase Lawrence, age 6, were killed.

[Family members remember loved ones lost in deadly crash on Hwy 41]

Busby was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail late Wednesday afternoon.

He’s charged with three counts of criminal recklessness, each count carries a maximum sentence of six years and a fine of up to $10,000 dollars.

Blood tests are still pending.

Busby appeared in court for the first time Thursday. He only responded to the judge and didn’t say anything else.

His bond is currently set at $10,000 cash, but his attorney asked that it be reduced to $5,000. The judge will take that under advisement and expects to make a ruling within a week.

Busby’s next court appearance is set for November 12 at 9 a.m.

42-year old Damon Busby, of Henderson
42-year old Damon Busby, of Henderson(Vanderburgh County Jail)

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